[ig-nish-uh n]


the act or fact of igniting; state of being ignited.
a means or device for igniting.
(in an internal-combustion engine) the process that ignites the fuel in the cylinder.

Nearby words

  1. ignipuncture,
  2. ignis fatuus,
  3. ignitable,
  4. ignite,
  5. igniter,
  6. ignition coil,
  7. ignition interlock,
  8. ignition key,
  9. ignition point,
  10. ignition system

Origin of ignition

1605–15; Medieval Latin ignītiōn- (stem of ignītiō) a setting on fire. See ignite, -ion

Related formsre·ig·ni·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for reignition



the act or process of initiating combustion
the process of igniting the fuel in an internal-combustion engine
the ignition the devices used to ignite the fuel in an internal-combustion engine
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Word Origin and History for reignition



1610s, "act of heating to the point of combustion," from French ignition (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin ignitionem (nominative ignitio), from Latin ignire "set on fire," from ignis "fire" (see igneous). Meaning "means of sparking an internal combustion engine" is from 1881.

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