1. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate. Government . . . Makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow subjects. (Addison)
2. A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like; as, specifically: a contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; an emulous struggle. Many a warlike match. A solemn match was made; he lost the prize. (Dryden)
a matrimonial union; a marriage.
7. A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc, in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mold. Match boarding, a cogwheel of suitable pitch to work with another wheel; specifically, one of a pair of cogwheels of equal size.
Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; especially, a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium. Match box, a box for holding matches. Match tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow matches for firing cannon, esp. On board ship. The tub contains a little water in the bottom, for extinguishing sparks from the lighted matches. Quick match, threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a solution of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder. It burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks, etc. Slow match, slightly twisted hempen rope soaked in a solution of limewater and saltpeter or washed in a lye of water and wood ashes. It burns at the rate of four or five inches an hour, and is used for firing cannon, fireworks, etc.