- to start (a fire); cause (a flame, blaze, etc.) to begin burning.
- to set fire to or ignite (fuel or any combustible matter).
- to excite; stir up or set going; animate; rouse; inflame: He kindled their hopes of victory.
- to light up, illuminate, or make bright: Happiness kindled her eyes.
- to begin to burn, as combustible matter, a light, fire, or flame.
- to become aroused or animated.
- to become lighted up, bright, or glowing, as the sky at dawn or the eyes with ardor.
Origin of kindle1
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- (of animals, especially rabbits) to bear (young); produce (offspring).
- (of animals, especially rabbits) to give birth, as to a litter.
- a litter of kittens, rabbits, etc.
Origin of kindle2
Examples from the Web for kindle
There will be an issue of the New York Times and magazines, an iPhone and Kindle, metro cards and subway maintenance signs.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
You can download the Kindle App for free on your desktop or laptop computer, smart phone or tablet.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
Mostly now on kindle, because it's so much easier to read more than one book at the same time.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Literary Lagos
March 16, 2014
If you want to kindle the memories of the war, you will find such reminders everywhere—even in the unlikeliest of places.Going Back to Vietnam Is Sometimes Amusing, Often Fraught, and Always Surreal
March 9, 2014
They then kindle fire, ground corn, prepare dinner and lunch for the next day.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
Kindle the light of the light-house, and it has nothing to do, except to shine.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
They have coal, but even the wood to kindle the coal is imported.The Long Labrador Trail
All their explanations only served to kindle anew their anger.Doctor Pascal
But all his efforts to kindle the fire were in vain; the wood only smoked.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
She had a twinge of pity, watching the old faces pale and kindle.Stories of a Western Town
- to set alight or start to burn
- to arouse or be arousedthe project kindled his interest
- to make or become bright
- trademark a portable electronic device for downloading and reading books
Word Origin and History for kindle
c.1200, cundel, "to set fire to, to start on fire," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse kynda "to kindle, to light a fire," Swedish quindla "kindle," of uncertain origin, + frequentative suffix -le. Figurative use from c.1300. Intransitive sense "to begin to burn, to catch fire" is from c.1400. Related: Kindled; kindling.
Influenced in form, and sometimes in Middle English in sense, with kindel "to give birth" (of animals), "bring forth, produce" (c.1200), from kindel (n.) "offspring of an animal, young one," from Old English gecynd (see kind (n.)) + -el.