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Definition: Match plate
, n. [OE. macche, AS. gem[ae]cca; 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
1. 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. --Addison.
2. 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; specifically:
(a) A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine
superiority; a sporting contest; an emulous struggle.
“Many a warlike match.”
A solemn match was made; he lost the prize.
(b) A matrimonial union; a marriage.
3. 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. --Boyle.
4. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
“She . . . was looked upon as the richest match of the
5. 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.
6. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which
corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the
carpet and curtains are a match.
7. (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.
(Carp.), boards fitted together with tongue
and groove, or prepared to be so fitted; a surface
composed of match boarding. See matchboard
, a game arranged as a test of superiority.
(Carp.), either of the two planes used to shape
the edges of boards which are joined by grooving and
(Founding), a board or plate on the opposite
sides of which the halves of a pattern are fastened, to
facilitate molding. --Knight.
(Mach.), a cogwheel of suitable pitch to work
with another wheel; specifically, one of a pair of
cogwheels of equal size.