Definition of slow match in English:

slow match

noun

historical
  • [mass noun] A slow-burning wick or cord for lighting explosives.

    • ‘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.’