from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A match or fuse that burns slowly at a known rate and is used to set off explosives or fire cannons and muzzle-loading firearms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slow-burning fuse used to ignite a matchlock musket or fire a cannon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- adj. See under Match.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A match so composed as to burn very slowly and at a regular fixed rate: it is generally prepared by soaking or boiling rope or cord of some sort in a solution of saltpeter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. match or fuse made to burn slowly and evenly
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