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friction match

a kind of match tipped with a compound that ignites by friction.
Origin of friction match
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • New ignition sources were introduced, such as the steam-driven locomotive and the friction match.
British Dictionary definitions for friction match

friction match

a match that ignites as a result of the heat produced by friction when it is struck on a rough surface See also safety match
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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