1 [kin-dl]
verb (used with object), kindled, 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.
verb (used without object), kindled, kindling.
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.

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

kindler, noun

1–3. fire, light. Kindle, ignite, inflame imply setting something on fire. To kindle is especially to cause something gradually to begin burning; it is often used figuratively: to kindle someone's interest. To ignite is to set something on fire with a sudden burst of flame: to ignite dangerous hatreds. Inflame is now found chiefly in figurative uses, as referring to unnaturally hot, sore, or swollen conditions in the body, or to exciting the mind by strong emotion: The wound was greatly inflamed. 3. arouse, awaken, bestir, incite, stimulate. Unabridged


2 [kin-dl]
verb (used with object), kindled, kindling.
(of animals, especially rabbits) to bear (young); produce (offspring).
verb (used without object), kindled, kindling.
(of animals, especially rabbits) to give birth, as to a litter.
a litter of kittens, rabbits, etc.

1175–1225; Middle English kindelen, v. use of kindel offspring, young, equivalent to kind- (Old English gecynd offspring; see kind2) + -el -le Unabridged
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kindle (ˈkɪndəl)
1.  to set alight or start to burn
2.  to arouse or be aroused: the project kindled his interest
3.  to make or become bright
[C12: from Old Norse kynda, influenced by Old Norse kyndill candle]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. kynda "to kindle," of uncertain origin, + freq. suffix -le. Kindling "material for lighting fire" is from 1513.
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Example sentences
Little chips kindle the fire and big logs sustain it.
Uncivilized people use the friction of two pieces of wood to kindle a fire.
They meet, date and kindle the standard romantic sparks until each learns the
  awesome truth about the other's brood.
Prosecutors have found it tough to build cases against executives whose
  companies helped kindle the financial crisis.
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