- to set on fire; kindle.
- Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
- to take fire; begin to burn.
Origin of ignite
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Examples from the Web for ignite
This regrettable action will, of course, ignite a racial gang war, leaving a heap of bodies in its wake.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet
September 10, 2014
A great work of fiction involves a certain frisson that occurs when its various components cohere and then ignite.Nantucket Rich Beach Lit: What Fitzgerald Wrought
July 29, 2012
Fire department officials are not saying what they suspect Burkhart used to ignite the fires.Los Angeles Serial-Arson Suspect Charged
January 3, 2012
But fire department officials are not saying what they suspect the arsonist is using to ignite the fires.What’s Driving L.A. Serial Arsonist to Set Fires?
January 2, 2012
But fire-department officials are not saying what they suspect the arsonist is using to ignite the fires.Los Angeles Fires: Officials Race to Identify the Arsonist
December 31, 2011
A spark could ignite it and set the globe on fire like it was a brandied Christmas pudding.Operation Earthworm
The flames did not touch her, but they did ignite the curtain at the window.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
Fuze—a device to ignite the charge of a shell or other projectile.Artillery Through the Ages
It is impossible to ignite there a fragment of amorphous phosphorus.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
The fuse was imperfect and did not ignite the charge as soon as was expected.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
- to catch fire or set fire to; burn or cause to burn
- (tr) chem to heat strongly
- (tr) to stimulate or provokethe case has ignited a nationwide debate
Word Origin and History for ignite
1660s, from Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire "set on fire," from ignis "fire" (see igneous). Attested earlier as an adjective (1550s). Related: Ignited; igniting.