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[kin-dl] /ˈkɪn 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.
Origin of kindle1
1150-1200; Middle English kindlen < Old Norse kynda; compare Old Norse kindill torch, candle
Related forms
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "One," said the engineer, delicately withdrawing a solitary "kindler" from the bottom of his waistcoat pocket.

    Golden Stories Various
  • A wood-fire on the hearth is a kindler of the domestic virtues.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • The Brazilians I had sold commenced to show signs of wear, and the kindler refused to light up right frequent on wet mornings.

  • She laughed and talked, and the kindler made a dim light compared to her eyes.

  • She has not yet developed a taste for the mother's tricks:—the mother, said to have been a kindler.

  • However, great as Murdoch was as a kindler and a teacher, the education of Robert Burns was mainly due to his remarkable father.

    The Real Robert Burns J. L. Hughes
  • It is the air and light to tired souls—builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth.

British Dictionary definitions for kindler


to set alight or start to burn
to arouse or be aroused: the project kindled his interest
to make or become bright
Derived Forms
kindler, noun
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse kynda, influenced by Old Norse kyndill candle


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Word Origin and History for kindler



c.1200, cundel, "to set fire to, to start on fire," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse kynda "to kindle, to light a fire," Swedish quindla "kindle," of uncertain origin, + frequentative suffix -le. Figurative use from c.1300. Intransitive sense "to begin to burn, to catch fire" is from c.1400. Related: Kindled; kindling.

Influenced in form, and sometimes in Middle English in sense, with kindel "to give birth" (of animals), "bring forth, produce" (c.1200), from kindel (n.) "offspring of an animal, young one," from Old English gecynd (see kind (n.)) + -el.

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