- to set on fire; kindle.
- Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
- to take fire; begin to burn.
Origin of ignite
1660–70; < Latin ignītus (past participle of ignīre to set on fire, ignite), equivalent to ign(is) fire + -ītus -ite2
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1. See kindle1.
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Examples from the Web for unignited
Sometimes his descending bough hit the fire and sometimes it struck the unignited leaves.The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol
Lewis E. Theiss
- 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
C17: from Latin ignīre to set alight, from ignis fire
Word Origin and History for unignited
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.
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