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- n. A pyrotechnic fuse consisting of a cotton string, coated with black powder, confined in a paper tube
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- adj. See under Match.
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The Captain of the engineering company, Jaccs Dupree, had insisted on lighting the wick himself, but when the time came to do that, he found that an enemy arrow had managed to cut the quick match within an inch of one of the barrels.