matchstick

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Etymology[edit]

From match +‎ stick.

Noun[edit]

matchstick (plural matchsticks)

  1. A small, slender piece of wood or cardboard serving as a component of a match.
    The end of the matchstick is dipped in a sulfurous compound to turn it into a complete match.
  2. Any similarly small and thin pieces; frequently used in the plural.
    The explosion blew the powder shed to matchsticks.

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