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 for Slow match
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slow \Slow\ (sl[=o]), a. [Compar. Slower (sl[=o]"[~e]r);
     superl. Slowest.] [OE. slow, slaw, AS. sl[=a]w; akin to OS.
     sl[=e]u blunt, dull, D. sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. sl[=e]o
     blunt, dull, Icel. sl[=o]r, sl[ae]r, Dan. sl["o]v, Sw.
     sl["o]. Cf. Sloe, and Sloth.]
     1. Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift;
        not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as,
        a slow stream; a slow motion.
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     2. Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.
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              These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced
              Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast.
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     3. Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as,
        slow of speech, and slow of tongue.
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              Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slow
              To guard their shore from an expected foe. --Dryden.
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     4. Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation;
        tardy; inactive.
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              He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.
                                                    --Prov. xiv.
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     5. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true
        time; as, the clock or watch is slow.
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     6. Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of
        arts and sciences.
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     7. Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome;
        dull. [Colloq.] --Dickens. Thackeray.
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     Note: Slow is often used in the formation of compounds for
           the most part self-explaining; as, slow-gaited,
           slow-paced, slow-sighted, slow-winged, and the like.
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     Slow coach, a slow person. See def.7, above. [Colloq.]
     Slow lemur, or Slow loris (Zool.), an East Indian
        nocturnal lemurine animal ({Nycticebus tardigradus) about
        the size of a small cat; -- so called from its slow and
        deliberate movements. It has very large round eyes and is
        without a tail. Called also bashful Billy.
     Slow match. See under Match.
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     Syn: Dilatory; late; lingering; tardy; sluggish; dull;
     Usage: Slow, Tardy, Dilatory. Slow is the wider term,
            denoting either a want of rapid motion or inertness of
            intellect. Dilatory signifies a proneness to defer, a
            habit of delaying the performance of what we know must
            be done. Tardy denotes the habit of being behind hand;
            as, tardy in making up one's acounts.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Match \Match\ (m[a^]ch), n. [OE. macche, F. m[`e]che, F.
     m[`e]che, fr. L. myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. my`xa mucus,
     nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. Mucus.]
     Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating
     fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or
     remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of
     wood or cardboard dipped at one end in a substance which can
     be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus
     or chlorate of potassium.
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     Match tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow
        matches for firing cannon, esp. on board ship. The tub
        contains a little water in the bottom, for extinguishing
        sparks from the lighted matches.
     Quick match, threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a
        solution of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling
        water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder. It
        burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is
        used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks, etc.
     Slow match, slightly twisted hempen rope soaked in a
        solution of limewater and saltpeter or washed in a lye of
        water and wood ashes. It burns at the rate of four or five
        inches an hour, and is used for firing cannon, fireworks,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  slow match
      n 1: match or fuse made to burn slowly and evenly

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