Match, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matched p. pr. & vb. n. Matching.]
1. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.
No settled senses of the world can match
The pleasure of that madness. --Shak.
2. To furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal, against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal.
No history or antiquity can matchis policies and his conduct. --South.
3. To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.
To match with their inventions they presumed
So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn. --Milton.
4. To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with; as, to match a vase or a horse; to match cloth. “Matching of patterns and colors.”
5. To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit (one thing to another).
Let poets match their subject to their strength. --Roscommon.
6. To marry; to give in marriage.
A senator of Rome survived,
Would not have matched his daughter with a king. --Addison.
7. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges; as, to match boards.
Matching machine, a planing machine for forming a tongue or a groove on the edge of a board.
adj 1: provided with a worthy adversary or competitor; "matched
2: going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities [ant: