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

  • adj. See under Match.
  • 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.

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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