Meaning of safety match in English:

safety match


Translate safety match into Spanish


  • A match igniting only when struck on a specially prepared surface, especially the side of a matchbox.

    ‘They were helped by hotel manager Yossi Agusti to use the money to buy basic necessities such as sheets, sarongs, buckets, plates, spoons, glasses, water containers, safety matches, flashlights, batteries and food.’
    • ‘They were safety matches, however, and she couldn't find anything to light them on, finding tree bark a poor substitute for the sandpaper-like substance on match boxes.’
    • ‘Another familiar, although much less important, use of phosphorus is the manufacture of wood and paper safety matches.’
    • ‘The introduction of safety matches also facilitated the spread of cigarette smoking.’