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slow match

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Definition of slow match in English:

noun

[mass noun] historical
A slow-burning wick or cord for lighting explosives.
Example sentences
  • In the matchlock system, a length of smouldering slow match, instead of being held in the hand, was held in the jaws of a swivelling double-curved bar called a serpentine and brought to the touch-hole by operating a trigger.
  • Ignition is by a burning slow match (nitrated cord), which is clamped into the ‘serpentine.’
  • Hornblower made his way next to the stairs to light the slow match.

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