kindling

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Kindling \Kin"dling\ (k[i^]n"dl[i^]ng), noun

1. The act of causing to burn, or of exciting or inflaming the passions.

2. Materials, easily lighted, for starting a fire, such as small twigs or paper; -- also used in the pl..

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Kindle \Kin'dle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Kindled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Kindling}.] [Icel. kyndill candle, torch; prob. fr. L. candela; cf. also Icel. kynda to kindle. Cf. {Candle}.]

1. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings.

His breath kindleth coals. --Job xii. 21.

2. Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame.

So is a contentious man to kindle strife. --Prov. xxvi. 21.

Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither. --Shak.

Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam. --Milton.

Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire. --Dryden.

Syn: Enkindle; light; ignite; inflame; provoke; excite; arouse; stir up.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

kindling

noun

1: material for starting a fire [syn: {kindling}, {tinder}, {touchwood}, {spunk}, {punk}]

2: the act of setting something on fire [syn: {ignition}, {firing}, {lighting}, {kindling}, {inflammation}]


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