matchstick

noun
match·stick | \ˈmach-ˌstik \

Definition of matchstick 

1 : a slender piece especially of wood from which a match is made

2 : something resembling a matchstick especially in slenderness cut a carrot into matchsticks

Examples of matchstick in a Sentence

Cut the peppers into pieces the size of matchsticks.

Recent Examples on the Web

Wrap matchsticks of tofu with vegetables in rice paper for a Vietnamese spring roll. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 What do matchstick houses, duct tape flower pens, clothespin dolls, seashells and origami have in common? Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 8 May 2018 What do matchstick houses, duct tape flower pens, clothespin dolls, seashells and origami have in common? Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 8 May 2018 Ladle into bowls, and top with scallions and nori matchsticks. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Shiitake Barley Soup ladles up homemade comfort," 12 Mar. 2018 Trim radishes, and cut them into matchsticks — a mandoline makes this job easy. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Late convert to square-foot gardening revels in the revelation," 15 May 2018 In the 19th and early 20th centuries, child workers in the matchstick industry spent up to 16 hours a day toiling in cramped factories, breathing in white phosphorus used to make the match tips flammable. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why It Matters That the Trump Administration Is Reportedly Trying to Loosen Child Labor Laws," 15 May 2018 What do matchstick houses, duct tape flower pens, clothespin dolls, seashells and origami have in common? Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 8 May 2018 There’s an homage to the nation’s space program including an International Space Station made out of matchsticks. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's St. Johns County: The first place to believe it or not," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of matchstick

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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matchstick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of matchstick

: the wood or paper part of a match

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