- 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 ignited
His hunger strike in December 2011 received nation-wide recognition and was one of the sparks that ignited the protest movement.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Three months of despair were ignited in suburban Missouri when officer Darren Wilson was told he would walk free.Raging Protesters Set Ferguson on Fire
November 25, 2014
In point of fact, the mass vilification of the league, which peaked a month ago, burned out as quickly as it ignited.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
That incident was due to an “equipment” problem (a steel tube ruptured)—resulting in explosive vapors being released and ignited.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
Economic disarray has ignited resentment toward immigrants, Brussels, and the euro currency, which is shared by 18 countries.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe
Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser
May 21, 2014
The firing, at point-blank range, was so furious that the men's clothing was ignited.The Downfall
The 'fraction' ain't 'ignited' yet and the doctors are worried.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
The hydrogen is ignited and burns with an almost colorless flame.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Matches, at the same place, are ignited, and wood is set on fire.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
But the killer instinct is dead in fighters today and it has to be ignited.Vital Ingredient
- 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 ignited
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.