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matchstick

[mach-stik] /ˈmætʃˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches.
2.
something that suggests a matchstick, as in thinness or fragility.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; match1 + stick1
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Examples from the web for matchstick
  • Dust the cut with rooting hormone powder and insert a pebble or wooden matchstick to hold it open.
  • Hormonal implants, matchstick-sized rods that are placed under the skin surface, emit a progestin type hormone for three years.
  • His matchstick people are dwarfed by the smokestacks and viaducts in his paintings.
  • Perhaps it's in the matchstick you use to light a candle.
  • The implant is a small plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that is placed under the skin of the upper arm.
  • Each time you take a handful of the incense which is in matchstick form and put it in the burner.
British Dictionary definitions for matchstick

matchstick

/ˈmætʃˌstɪk/
noun
1.
the wooden part of a match
adjective
2.
made with or as if with matchsticks: a matchstick model
3.
(esp of figures drawn with single strokes) thin and straight: matchstick men
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