One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slow-burning wick or cord for lighting explosives.
- ‘Ignition is by a burning slow match (nitrated cord), which is clamped into the ‘serpentine.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hornblower made his way next to the stairs to light the slow match.’
slow match/ˈslō ˌmaCH/
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.