kindling

[ kind-ling ]
/ ˈkɪnd lɪŋ /

noun

material that can be readily ignited, used in starting a fire.
the act of one who kindles.

Nearby words

  1. kindjal,
  2. kindle,
  3. kindless,
  4. kindlessly,
  5. kindliness,
  6. kindly,
  7. kindness,
  8. kindred,
  9. kindred spirit,
  10. kindu

Origin of kindling

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at kindle1, -ing1

Related formsun·kin·dling, adjective

kindle

1
[ kin-dl ]
/ ˈkɪn dl /

verb (used with object), kin·dled, kin·dling.

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.

verb (used without object), kin·dled, kin·dling.

Origin of kindle

1
1150–1200; Middle English kindlen < Old Norse kynda; compare Old Norse kindill torch, candle

Related formskin·dler, noun

Synonym study

1–3. Kindle, ignite, inflame literally mean to set something on fire. To kindle is to cause something gradually to begin burning; it is often used figuratively: to kindle logs; to kindle someone's interest. To ignite is to set something on fire with a sudden burst of flame; it too is often used figuratively: to ignite straw; to ignite dangerous hatreds. Inflame is most often used figuratively, meaning to intensify, excite, or rouse: to inflame passions.

kindle

2
[ kin-dl ]
/ ˈkɪn dl /

verb (used with object), kin·dled, kin·dling.

(of animals, especially rabbits) to bear (young); produce (offspring).

verb (used without object), kin·dled, kin·dling.

(of animals, especially rabbits) to give birth, as to a litter.

noun

a litter of kittens, rabbits, etc.

Origin of kindle

2
1175–1225; Middle English kindelen, v. use of kindel offspring, young, equivalent to kind- (Old English gecynd offspring; see kind2) + -el -le

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British Dictionary definitions for kindling

kindling

/ (ˈkɪndlɪŋ) /

noun

material for starting a fire, such as dry wood, straw, etc

kindle

/ (ˈkɪndəl) /

verb

to set alight or start to burn
to arouse or be arousedthe project kindled his interest
to make or become bright
Derived Formskindler, noun

Word Origin for kindle

C12: from Old Norse kynda, influenced by Old Norse kyndill candle

Kindle

/ (ˈkɪndəl) /

noun

trademark a portable electronic device for downloading and reading books
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Word Origin and History for kindling
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