verb (used with object), ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing.
verb (used without object), ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing.
Origin of ignite
Examples from the Web for ignite
This regrettable action will, of course, ignite a racial gang war, leaving a heap of bodies in its wake.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet|Annaliza Savage|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A great work of fiction involves a certain frisson that occurs when its various components cohere and then ignite.
Fire department officials are not saying what they suspect Burkhart used to ignite the fires.
But fire department officials are not saying what they suspect the arsonist is using to ignite the fires.
But fire-department officials are not saying what they suspect the arsonist is using to ignite the fires.Los Angeles Fires: Officials Race to Identify the Arsonist|Christine Pelisek|December 31, 2011|DAILY BEAST
If the wick is too small, the fire may burn back thru the burner and ignite the oil in the bowl.
Huge masses of burning gas will be hurled forth on the wind and ignite the trees two and three hundred yards distant.The Boy With the U. S. Foresters|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Put enough fuel, such as alcohol, into a burner to heat it hot enough to change the oil to be used to gas and ignite it.
The spark is intensely hot, and suffices to ignite the compressed charge in the cylinder.How it Works|Archibald Williams
Having put out our fire lest it should ignite the whole tree, we once more scrambled back to our former resting-place.On the Banks of the Amazon|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for ignite
Word Origin for ignite
Word Origin and History for ignite
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.