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

  • n. A short slender piece of wood from which a match is made.
  • n. Something similar to a matchstick, as in slenderness or strength.
  • adj. Short, narrow, and slender: matchstick arms; matchstick slices of potato.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, slender piece of wood or cardboard serving as a component of a match.
  • n. Any similarly small and thin pieces; frequently used in the plural.

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

  • n. a short thin stick of wood used in making matches


From match +‎ stick. (Wiktionary)



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