match

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v match make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office","The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"
    • v match be equal or harmonize "The two pieces match"
    • v match make correspond or harmonize "Match my sweater"
    • v match set into opposition or rivalry "let them match their best athletes against ours","pit a chess player against the Russian champion","He plays his two children off against each other"
    • v match bring two objects, ideas, or people together "This fact is coupled to the other one","Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?","The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
    • v match give or join in marriage
    • v match provide funds complementary to "The company matched the employees' contributions"
    • v match satisfy or fulfill "meet a need","this job doesn't match my dreams"
    • v match be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics "The two stories don't agree in many details","The handwriting checks with the signature on the check","The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    • v match be equal to in quality or ability "Nothing can rival cotton for durability","Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues","Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
    • n 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"
    • n match an exact duplicate "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
    • n match a burning piece of wood or cardboard "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
    • n match something that resembles or harmonizes with "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"
    • n match a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
    • n match a pair of people who live together "a married couple from Chicago"
    • n match a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
    • n match a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
    • n match the score needed to win a match
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I'll Swim You a Match to the Other Side 378 I'll Swim You a Match to the Other Side 378
Match-Box Bedstead Match-Box Bedstead
Match-Box Washstand Match-Box Washstand
Touching the match to victory Touching the match to victory
A WRESTLING MATCH A WRESTLING MATCH
PRACTICING FOR THE MATCH PRACTICING FOR THE MATCH
The match safe The match safe
A bird-singing match A bird-singing match

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
    • Match 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
    • Match A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage. "She . . . was looked upon as the richest match of the West."
    • Match A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; a sporting contest; an emulous struggle.
    • match A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests.
    • Match A matrimonial union; a marriage.
    • Match (Founding) 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.
    • Match A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate. "Government . . . makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow subjects."
    • Match An agreement, compact, etc. "Thy hand upon that match .""Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making."
    • n Match măch 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 or cardboard dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.
    • Match Equality of conditions in contest or competition, or one who provides equal competition to another in a contest; as, he had no match as a swordsman within the city. "It were no match , your nail against his horn."
    • Match Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match .
    • Match To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal. "No settled senses of the world can match The pleasure of that madness."
    • Match To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases match .
    • Match To be united in marriage; to mate. "I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.""Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep."
    • Match 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.
    • Match 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. "No history or antiquity can match is policies and his conduct."
    • Match To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit (one thing to another). "Let poets match their subject to their strength."
    • Match 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. "Matching of patterns and colors."
    • Match To marry; to give in marriage. "A senator of Rome survived,
      Would not have matched his daughter with a king."
    • Match To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against. "Eternal might
      To match with their inventions they presumed
      So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, 42,000 balls are used and 650 matches are played at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament
    • n match A companion or fellow; a person or thing considered in comparison with another; one of a pair, or of a possible pair, as a married or marriageable man or woman, a competitor, or an agreeing or harmonizing object.
    • n match A person or thing that is equal to or on equal terms with another in any respect; one fit or qualified to mate or cope with another; a peer: as, I am no match for you in argument.
    • n match A pair; a couple; two persons, things, or sets mated or suited to each other: as, the horses are an exact match in height, color, or gait.
    • n match A mating or pairing; a coupling; a joining of two persons, things, or sets for any purpose. Specifically— A joining in marriage; a marriage engagement.
    • n match An engagement for a contest or game; the contest or game itself: as, a match at billiards; a shooting-match; the terms of a match.
    • n match Hence An agreement or engagement in general; a bargain.
    • match To mate or couple; bring together in association or cooperation; join in action, comparison, contest, or competition: as, they are well matched; to match coins in gaming; to match cruelty with cunning.
    • match To join suitably or conformably; bring into agreement; make harmonious or correspondent: as, a pair of matched horses; to match the parts of a machine.
    • match To be a match for; be able to compete with; equal: as, no one can match him in his specialty.
    • match To furnish or show a match, counterpart, or competitor for; find or provide something to agree or harmonize with: as, to match combatants for any contest; to match a jewel or a ribbon.
    • match To contend.
    • match To form a union; become joined or mated, as in marriage.
    • match To be of corresponding size, figure, or quality; tally; suit; harmonize; correspond: as, these colors do not match.—
    • n match The wick of a lamp or candle.
    • n match In general, anything that takes fire readily either from a spark or by friction, and is used for retaining, conveying, and communicating fire. Formerly, hemp, flax, cotton, or tow dipped in sulphur, coarse paper saturated with niter, a species of dry wood called touchwood, etc., were in common use as matches; and for military purposes a slow-burning cord was used. (See match-cord, match-lock, match-tub.) Early in the nineteenth century an improvement was introduced in the form of a thin slip of wood tipped with sulphur or other combustible matter, which ignited when brought into contact with phosphorus contained in a box or vial. All other domestic devices of the kind, however, were superseded by the friction-match, which was introduced about 1830. See locofoco, lucifer, congreve, vesuvian, fusee, and vesta.
    • n match In a special sense, a slow-match having the form of a line or cord of indefinite length. See match-cord.
    • n match A match-lock musket.
    • match To purify, as a vessel, by burning a match or matches in it.
    • match In building, to bring to a uniform width or thickness by any process, either by sorting and arranging the material or by cutting down some pieces to correspond with others: thus, planks are said to be of matched width.
    • match In logging. See mate, transitive verb, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average flea can jump up to 350 times its own length. To match that a human would have to jump 1,000 feet.
    • n Match mach a piece of inflammable material which easily takes or carries fire: a prepared rope for firing a gun, &c.: a lucifer
    • n Match mach anything which agrees with or suits another thing: an equal: one able to cope with another: a contest or game: a pairing, a marriage: one to be gained in marriage
    • v.i Match to be of the same make, size, &c., to correspond: to form a union with
    • v.t Match to be equal to, to set a counterpart to anything: to be able to compete with: to find an equal to: to set against as equal: to suit: to give in marriage
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Quotations

  • William Faulkner
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    “All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”
  • Stan Smith
    Stan Smith
    “When you walk on a court, clear your mind of everything unrelated to the goal of playing the match as well as you can.”
  • Gabriela Sabatini
    Gabriela Sabatini
    “When I lose a match, I know that I lose on the court and not in life.”
  • Aeschylus
    Aeschylus
    “When a match has equal partners then I fear not.”
  • B. R. Hayden
    B. R. Hayden
    “Religion and education are no match for evil without the grace of God.”
  • Hale Irwin
    Hale Irwin
    “If you're not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don't have the expectations of yourself that you should have.”

Idioms

Meet your match - If you meet your match, you meet a person who is at least as good if not better than you are at something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. macche, AS. gemæcca,; akin to gemaca, and to OS. gimako, OHG. gimah, fitting, suitable, convenient, Icel. mark, suitable, maki, mate, Sw. make, Dan. mage,; all from the root of E. make, v. See Make mate, and Make (v.), and cf. Mate an associate

Usage

In literature:

He drew a match from his pocket and rubbed it on his trousers.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
He has never played in any matches here before.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
Then he quickly felt in his pocket and drew forth a match safe.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
The two vessels were fairly matched and well fought.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The trees seemed to flare up in a moment like matches or fireworks.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
They were extraordinarily well-matched in strength, activity, and skill.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
For there's to be a spelling-match on Friday, between our class and Miss Bates' class, and we want to win.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Rather, he took a delight in matching himself against the stern rocks.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I wanted them for the match to-morrow, you know.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
The match obviously had not been a great success.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The spurt of a match showed him his miner's cap not five feet away.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
He and Osgood, "training for the match," are ludicrous beyond belief.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
So far, Muriel Hurst had taken life lightly and had foiled Mrs. Colston's attempts to make a suitable match for her.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Why did you not tell me at first that this is a match of your uncle's making?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
At the very next application of the match I found that I had established a connection with the lighted end.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
Have you got the nerve to match me?
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
A match scraped, and Percy saw Jim gazing at the alarm-clock.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
We have elsewhere asserted that the art of match-making requires cultivation.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
Paula's eyes shone in the match-flame, fixed upon his face.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
It is really a most unsuitable match.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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In poetry:

Sleek satin, swansdown, buds that play not
As yet with winds that play,
Would fain be matched with this, and may not:
What likeness may?
"Babyhood" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
OH , what could the ladye's beauty match,
An it were not the ladye's pride;
An hundred knights from far and near
Woo'd at that ladye's side.
"The Troubadour. Canto 4" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
'My husband, can I have fear of you?
What should one fear from a man whom few,
Or none, had matched
In that late long spell of delays undue!'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
O Misery of mine, no other
In faithfulness can match with thee,
Thou more than friend, and more than brother,
The only thing that cares for me!
"To My Misery" by Morris Rosenfeld
And should he boast he once had seen
As just a form, as bright a mien,
Yet must it still for ever pose him
To match - what Celia never shows him.
"Hint From Voiture" by William Shenstone
FALLEN with autumn's falling leaf
Ere yet his summer's noon was past,
Our friend, our guide, our trusted chief,--
What words can match a woe so vast!
"On The Death Of President Garfield" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sister s are needed to be matched to elementary school children.
Thus, we had " biometric -matching-in-a-box" ready to launch on thousands of Amazon servers in an instant.
In the private sector side, Cross Match works in hospitality, gaming and financial services.
So today on the Rise and Shine Show I talked about a weekend poll from USA Today/Gallup that polled folks in 12 states on who they would go for in a given match up.
Matching bird food to feeders.
USA's Clarissa Chun reacts to losing her bronze medal match to Ukraine's Irini Merleni in their 105.5-pound freestyle wrestling match.
Alabama's head coach Jay Seawell congratulates Hunter Hamrick after he clinched his match during semifinals of Match Play at the 2012 NCAA Championship.
John Fields, head coach of Texas, hugs Julio Vegas after he clinched his match over Oregon during semifinals of Match Play at the 2012 NCAA Championship.
Most of the time it is paired with a matching baseball cap—usually drenched with sweat by the match's end—adorned with Lacoste's famous crocodile logo.
Match Day 2010 saw a boost over last year in primary care matches.
The West's Connor Black, left, and Scott Scheffler, right, won their match 5&4 over the East on Wednesday during the morning foursome matches.
Was undefeated in match play during the regular season as the Eagles won all of their matches.
Korea's Nam Hyun- Hee celebrates on the track in Leipzig 13 October 2005, after her match point against Romania's Roxana Scarlat in the Final match of the Women's Foil Team competition for the 2005 Fencing World Championships.
DC Comics and Match.com have named Superman the most kissable superhero, according to a survey at Match.com.
Although I am not a waterfowler, upland game hunter or turkey trotter, nor do I hunt deer with a rifled slug shotgun, I enjoy run-and-gun meets, 3-gun matches and shotgun steel matches.
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In science:

So, which of the three predictions, if any, is correct? Prediction 1 by Hagelin includes a restriction on |~p2 | due to a miss-match of momenta of the spectator quark, and also requires matching spins.
Like-sign dimuon charge asymmetry in the decay of B B-bar pairs
If the fingerprints match, then with high probability the underlying vectors also match, and we have an allowable fold.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Karp and Sipser have shown that for a large random graph with α > e, their algorithm for matching finds with high probability a matching of about Nc /2 edges in the core.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
When a match occurs, each marked part is associated with the piece of text that matched that part within the regular expression.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Since any matching is also a b-matching for b ≥ 1, then M(n, c, b) = Θ(n).
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
The number of matches is not very sensitive to the matching radius.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
For a fixed s as above, we will say that circuit π is s-matched, or has self-matched edges, if for every 1 ≤ i ≤ L(π) there is j 6= i such that s(π(i − 1), π(i)) = s(π(j − 1), π(j )).
Spectral measure of large random Hankel, Markov and Toeplitz matrices
The following proposition says that generically self-matched circuits have only pair-matches.
Spectral measure of large random Hankel, Markov and Toeplitz matrices
With the random variables {Xij ; n ≥ j ≥ i ≥ 1} independent and of mean zero, just like the proof of Proposition 4.9, it suffices to take the sum in (4.26) over all vertex-matched quadruples of circuits on Γn , such that none of them is self-matched.
Spectral measure of large random Hankel, Markov and Toeplitz matrices
Let φ denote the bottleneck matching between V and V ′ ; then Mn is the weight of this matching.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
To limit our sample to good matches, we use the criterion that the cross match distance be less than the combined optical and X-ray 3σ positional uncertainty for each individual match.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
We cross-matched our candidate list with these surveys using the AVO prototype, finding only one match, namely GOODSJ123556.10+621219.6, with a quite featureless spectrum and redshift z = 0.9585 (our estimated redshift based on its X-ray power and flux is z = 0.93).
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
These are still valid matches in terms of the distance/error parameter (see Sect. 4.4), which limits matches to within the 3σ total positional uncertainty which is ∼ 1.8 times larger than the 90% radius.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
Our selection of real matches however, also included the distance/error criterion which means that a number of matching sources within 1.25′′ of the X-ray source were discarded.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
However, while the single-mode preparation and matching efficiency (χM ,P ) versus the collecting waist wo,2 present a maximum for properly matching the three modes, ηP,M may not reach the highest efficiency even in this case.
Measurement of Coupling PDC photon sources with single-mode and multimode optical fibers
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