- material that can be readily ignited, used in starting a fire.
- the act of one who kindles.
Origin of kindling
- 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 kindling
Hiller opens a barrel, lifts out wood particles and pieces of kindling, and lets them run through his fingers.Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry
July 8, 2014
He is a slightly built New Englander, in tie and shirtsleeves, whose sense of humor is about as dry and incendiary as kindling.Joe McQuaid: Union Leader Publisher Is GOP Kingmaker in New Hampshire
December 19, 2011
His riff toward the end when he bragged about winning three times in a blue state just might have been the kindling.How Santorum Would Destroy America
October 19, 2011
The new health care ads are designed to jack up sentiments to the kindling point.The Scariest Health Care Ads
August 15, 2009
She was at the stove, where an armful of kindling had been set off to take the chill out of the house.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He rushed for the kindling, picking out a swimming raisin as he ran.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
The kindling of the fire seems to have been for the purpose of annoying the enemy.Y Gododin
I won't complain no more and I will split the kindling and everything.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
And see how the evening sun is kindling the white peaks to purple and gold.The Great Hunger
- material for starting a fire, such as dry wood, straw, etc
- 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 kindling
"material for lighting fire," 1510s, from present participle of kindle (v.). Earlier "a setting alight" (c.1300).
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.