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

  Quick \Quick\, a. [Compar. Quicker; superl. Quickest.] [As.
     cwic, cwicu, cwucu, cucu, living; akin to OS. quik, D. kwik,
     OHG. quec, chec, G. keck bold, lively, Icel. kvikr living,
     Goth. qius, Lith. q[=y]vas, Russ. zhivoi, L. vivus living,
     vivere to live, Gr. bi`os life, Skr. j[imac]va living,
     j[imac]v to live. Cf. Biography, Vivid, Quitch grass,
     Whitlow.]
     1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or
        inanimate.
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              Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were. --Chaucer.
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              The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and
              the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. --2 Tim.
                                                    iv. 1.
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              Man is no star, but a quick coal
              Of mortal fire.                       -- Herbert.
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     Note: In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in
           some compounds, or in particular phrases.
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     2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly;
        agile; brisk; ready. " A quick wit." --Shak.
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     3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick.
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              Oft he to her his charge of quick return
              Repeated.                             --Milton.
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     4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp;
        unceremonious; as, a quick temper.
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              The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and
              signified that he was much offended.  -- Latimer.
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     5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
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              The air is quick there,
              And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. -- Shak.
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     6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick
        ear. "To have an open ear, a quick eye." --Shak.
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              They say that women are so quick.     --Tennyson.
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     7. Pregnant; with child. --Shak.
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     Quick grass. (Bot.) See Quitch grass.
  
     Quick match. See under Match.
  
     Quick vein (Mining), a vein of ore which is productive, not
        barren.
  
     Quick vinegar, vinegar made by allowing a weak solution of
        alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous
        material.
  
     Quick water, quicksilver water.
  
     Quick with child, pregnant with a living child.
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     Syn: Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready;
          active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively;
          sprightly.
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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,
        etc.
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