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slow match

a slow-burning match or fuse, often consisting of a rope or cord soaked in a solution of saltpeter.
Origin of slow match
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “Now for it,” thought the chief conspirator in the bushes, as he applied his light to the slow-match.

    The Island Queen R.M. Ballantyne
  • He had a slow-match in his hand, which, hissing and spluttering, set his clothes on fire.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • But Foy saw that he was glancing at the slow-match by his side, and understood.

    Lysbeth H. Rider Haggard
  • Simply a sort of slow-match; grows in the daytime as much as it burns away at night.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • Owing to the breeze, which was rather brisk, we had some trouble in lighting the slow-match.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • I'm goin' to have six sticks of slow-match, an' five boxes of Ajax torpedoes.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Alice uttered a cry of delight as she noticed what, to her childish fancy, appeared to be the slow-match of a firework.

  • Give me your slow-match, its my turn; what am I going to set off?

  • The intention was to fire a slow-match and then for the officer and men to withdraw in boats.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • I got the slow-match going with the end of my cigar, careless-like.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for slow-match

slow match

a match or fuse that burns slowly without flame, esp a wick impregnated with potassium nitrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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