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Definition of Match


  1. 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 dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.
  2. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.
  3. 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
  4. A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; an emulous struggle.
  5. A matrimonial union; a marriage.
  6. An agreement, compact, etc.
  7. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
  8. Equality of conditions in contest or competition.
  9. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match.
  10. 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.
  11. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.
  12. 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.
  13. To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.
  14. To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with; as, to match a vase or a horse; to match cloth.
  15. To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit (one thing to another).
  16. To marry; to give in marriage.
  17. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges; as, to match boards.
  18. To be united in marriage; to mate.
  19. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases match.
  20. Alt. of race

Match Quotations

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
Muhammad Ali

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.

I'm pretty calculating. I take stuff that I know appeals to people's bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.
Kanye West

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.
Pete Sampras

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
Joseph Campbell
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Match Translations

match in Afrikaans is wedstryd, vuurhoutjie
match in Dutch is lucifer
match in Finnish is tulitikku
match in French is s'entremettre, match, allumette, concorder
match in Italian is fiammifero
match in Norwegian is fyrstikk
match in Spanish is correspondencia, cerilla, cerilla, concordar
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