friction match

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n friction match lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction "he always carries matches to light his pipe","as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
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Usage

In literature:

To-day friction matches are known throughout the area, although probably not one person in one hundred has ever owned a box of matches.
"The Bontoc Igorot" by Albert Ernest Jenks
Don't you remember the green days when obstacles were the friction to light that match?
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
At this juncture, the boy suddenly recalled that he had some friction matches in his possession.
"In the Pecos Country" by Edward Sylvester Ellis (AKA Lieutenant R.H. Jayne)
In 1829 an English chemist discovered that matches on which had been placed chlorate of potash could be ignited by friction.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878" by Various
He wanted a light, and wanted it very much, but he had no matches that would take fire by the heat of friction.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
The way of lighting the fuse was to hold the head of a match on the powder stream, drawing the friction-paper across it.
""Over There" with the Australians" by R. Hugh Knyvett
The lucifer or friction matches appeared in about 1827, but successful phosphorus matches were first made in about 1833.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
The fire-lock, named from its producing fire by friction, was the first improvement upon the match-lock.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
The Equal Righters promptly relighted them with loco-foco or friction matches and continued the meeting.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The first practical friction matches were "Congreves," made in England in 1827.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
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In science:

Then the random walk of each pollen is successfully described by adding stochastic force to the deterministic friction in the equation of motion so that the stochastic force to match the behavior of the random “kicks”.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
To obtain the attractors for the motion, one may pose a simple question: How does the work per cycle performed by the radiation field depend on the mirror ’s oscillation amplitude? The power fed into the system has to match the power dissipated by friction.
Optomechanics (a brief review)
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