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.

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There are now more than 129 million dead trees in California sprinkled through forests like the one in Paradise, ready to burn like matchsticks. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 The hotel on one side of the house was heavily damaged, and the restaurant on the other side looks like a pile of matchsticks. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "‘You Just Realize It’s All Gone’: Hurricane Michael’s Heavy Toll," 12 Oct. 2018 These trees are like giant matchsticks, but there are so many of them that need to be removed that processing facilities like sawmills have been swamped across the state. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorists” are to blame for wildfires, explained," 17 Aug. 2018 The birth control implant is a rod-like device about the size of a matchstick that’s inserted under the skin in your inner upper arm. Korin Miller, SELF, "16 Birth Control Myths Ob/Gyns Have Heard That Prove We Need Better Sex Ed," 19 July 2018 Wrap matchsticks of tofu with vegetables in rice paper for a Vietnamese spring roll. The Washington Post,, "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,, "Shiitake Barley Soup ladles up homemade comfort," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of matchstick

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of matchstick was in 1791

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English Language Learners Definition of matchstick

: the wood or paper part of a match

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