from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that is exactly like another; a counterpart.
  • n. One that is like another in one or more specified qualities: He is John's match for bravery.
  • n. One that is able to compete equally with another: The boxer had met his match.
  • n. One that closely resembles or harmonizes with another: The napkins were a nice match for the tablecloth.
  • n. A pair, each one of which resembles or harmonizes with the other: The colors were a close match.
  • n. Sports A game or contest in which two or more persons, animals, or teams oppose and compete with each other: a soccer match.
  • n. Sports A tennis contest won by the player or side that wins a specified number of sets, usually two out of three or three out of five.
  • n. A marriage or an arrangement of marriage: a royal match.
  • n. A person viewed as a prospective marriage partner.
  • transitive v. To be exactly like; correspond exactly.
  • transitive v. To be like with respect to specified qualities.
  • transitive v. To resemble or harmonize with: The coat matches the dress.
  • transitive v. To adapt or suit so that a balanced or harmonious result is achieved; cause to correspond: You should match your deeds to your beliefs.
  • transitive v. To find or produce a counterpart to: It's difficult to match the color of old paint.
  • transitive v. To fit together or cause to fit together.
  • transitive v. To join or give in marriage.
  • transitive v. To place in opposition or competition; pit: She matched her skill against all comers.
  • transitive v. To provide with an adversary or competitor.
  • transitive v. To do as well as or better than in competition; equal.
  • transitive v. To set in comparison; compare: beauty that could never be matched.
  • transitive v. To provide funds so as to equal or complement: The government will match all private donations to the museum.
  • transitive v. To flip or toss (coins) and compare the sides that land face up.
  • transitive v. To couple (electric circuits) by means of a transformer.
  • intransitive v. To be a close counterpart; correspond.
  • n. A narrow piece, usually of wood or cardboard, coated on one end with a compound that ignites when scratched against a rough or chemically treated surface.
  • n. An easily ignited cord or wick, formerly used to detonate powder charges or to fire cannons and muzzle-loading firearms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match.
  • n. Someone with a measure of an attribute equaling or exceeding the object of comparison.
  • n. A marriage.
  • n. Suitability.
  • n. Equivalence; a state of correspondence.
  • n. A pair of items or entities with mutually suitable characteristics.
  • v. To agree, to be equal, to correspond to.
  • v. To make a successful match or pairing.
  • v. To equal or exceed in achievement.
  • v. To unite in marriage, to mate.
  • n. Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood or cardboard dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.
  • n. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; a sporting contest; an emulous struggle.
  • n. A matrimonial union; a marriage.
  • n. An agreement, compact, etc.
  • n. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
  • n. Equality of conditions in contest or competition, or one who provides equal competition to another in a contest.
  • n. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To be united in marriage; to mate.
  • intransitive v. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond.
  • transitive v. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.
  • transitive v. To furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal, against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal.
  • transitive v. To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.
  • transitive v. To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with
  • transitive v. To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit (one thing to another).
  • transitive v. To marry; to give in marriage.
  • transitive v. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mate or couple; bring together in association or cooperation; join in action, comparison, contest, or competition: as, they are well matched; to match coins in gaming; to match cruelty with cunning.
  • To join suitably or conformably; bring into agreement; make harmonious or correspondent: as, a pair of matched horses; to match the parts of a machine.
  • To be a match for; be able to compete with; equal: as, no one can match him in his specialty.
  • To furnish or show a match, counterpart, or competitor for; find or provide something to agree or harmonize with: as, to match combatants for any contest; to match a jewel or a ribbon.
  • To contend.
  • To form a union; become joined or mated, as in marriage.
  • To be of corresponding size, figure, or quality; tally; suit; harmonize; correspond: as, these colors do not match.—
  • To purify, as a vessel, by burning a match or matches in it.
  • In building, to bring to a uniform width or thickness by any process, either by sorting and arranging the material or by cutting down some pieces to correspond with others: thus, planks are said to be of matched width.
  • In logging. See mate, transitive verb, 3.
  • n. A companion or fellow; a person or thing considered in comparison with another; one of a pair, or of a possible pair, as a married or marriageable man or woman, a competitor, or an agreeing or harmonizing object.
  • n. A person or thing that is equal to or on equal terms with another in any respect; one fit or qualified to mate or cope with another; a peer: as, I am no match for you in argument.
  • n. A pair; a couple; two persons, things, or sets mated or suited to each other: as, the horses are an exact match in height, color, or gait.
  • n. A mating or pairing; a coupling; a joining of two persons, things, or sets for any purpose.
  • n. An engagement for a contest or game; the contest or game itself: as, a match at billiards; a shooting-match; the terms of a match.
  • n. Hence An agreement or engagement in general; a bargain.
  • n. The wick of a lamp or candle.
  • n. In general, anything that takes fire readily either from a spark or by friction, and is used for retaining, conveying, and communicating fire.
  • n. In a special sense, a slow-match having the form of a line or cord of indefinite length. See match-cord.
  • n. A match-lock musket.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide funds complementary to
  • v. be equal or harmonize
  • v. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
  • n. lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction
  • n. an exact duplicate
  • n. a pair of people who live together
  • n. a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
  • n. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
  • n. the score needed to win a match
  • v. make correspond or harmonize
  • n. something that resembles or harmonizes with
  • n. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
  • v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • v. give or join in marriage
  • v. satisfy or fulfill
  • v. set into opposition or rivalry
  • n. a burning piece of wood or cardboard
  • v. be equal to in quality or ability
  • v. bring two objects, ideas, or people together


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English macche, from Old English gemæcca, companion, mate; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English matche, lamp wick, from Old French mesche, from Vulgar Latin *micca, from Latin myxa, a lamp's nozzle, from Greek muxa, mucus, lamp wick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English macche, from Old English mæcca, from gemæcca ("companion, mate, wife, one suited to another")

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French meiche, from Vulgar Latin micca (compare Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia), which in turn is probably from Latin myxa ("nozzle", "curved part of a lamp"), from Ancient Greek  (myxa, "lamp wick")


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