- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for kindler
Are test-optional colleges adopting a kindler, gentler approach to admissions?Steve Cohen on the Three Biggest College Admissions Lies
September 26, 2012
Kindler, a well-known critic of Leno, is not the only one taking some bitter satisfaction in Leno's latest ratings.Comedians Laugh as Leno Sinks
October 24, 2010
Senator Dole pulled her “Godless America” commercials yesterday, replacing them with a kindler, gentler and more-defensive appeal.Dispatches From the Swing States
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2008
A wood-fire on the hearth is a kindler of the domestic virtues.Backlog Studies
Charles Dudley Warner
She has not yet developed a taste for the mother's tricks:—the mother, said to have been a kindler.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
She laughed and talked, and the kindler made a dim light compared to her eyes.Heart of the West
It is the air and light to tired souls—builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7
However, great as Murdoch was as a kindler and a teacher, the education of Robert Burns was mainly due to his remarkable father.The Real Robert Burns
J. L. Hughes
- 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 kindler
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.