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kindling

[kind-ling] /ˈkɪnd lɪŋ/
noun
1.
material that can be readily ignited, used in starting a fire.
2.
the act of one who kindles.
Origin of kindling
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see kindle1, -ing1
Related forms
unkindling, adjective

kindle1

[kin-dl] /ˈkɪn dl/
verb (used with object), kindled, kindling.
1.
to start (a fire); cause (a flame, blaze, etc.) to begin burning.
2.
to set fire to or ignite (fuel or any combustible matter).
3.
to excite; stir up or set going; animate; rouse; inflame:
He kindled their hopes of victory.
4.
to light up, illuminate, or make bright:
Happiness kindled her eyes.
verb (used without object), kindled, kindling.
5.
to begin to burn, as combustible matter, a light, fire, or flame.
6.
to become aroused or animated.
7.
to become lighted up, bright, or glowing, as the sky at dawn or the eyes with ardor.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English kindlen < Old Norse kynda; compare Old Norse kindill torch, candle
Related forms
kindler, noun
Synonyms
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.

kindle2

[kin-dl] /ˈkɪn dl/
verb (used with object), kindled, kindling.
1.
(of animals, especially rabbits) to bear (young); produce (offspring).
verb (used without object), kindled, kindling.
2.
(of animals, especially rabbits) to give birth, as to a litter.
noun
3.
a litter of kittens, rabbits, etc.
Origin
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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  • In this precedent, there is kindling stuff for hope, if not substantial fuel.

    Dealings With The Dead A Sexton of the Old School
  • He rushed for the kindling, picking out a swimming raisin as he ran.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • Her husband's eyes were kindling, there was a firm set about his lips, the palm of his hand lay flat upon that sheet of paper.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A gleam like laughter came into her eyes; nor did she shun his kindling gaze.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The distillation commences within an hour of kindling the fire, and is completed in six hours.

  • His eyes were kindling strangely as he watched the oncoming filly.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
British Dictionary definitions for kindling

kindling

/ˈkɪndlɪŋ/
noun
1.
material for starting a fire, such as dry wood, straw, etc

kindle

/ˈkɪndəl/
verb
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
Derived Forms
kindler, noun
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse kynda, influenced by Old Norse kyndill candle

Kindle

/ˈkɪndəl/
noun
1.
trademark a portable electronic device for downloading and reading books
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Word Origin and History for kindling
n.

"material for lighting fire," 1510s, from present participle of kindle (v.). Earlier "a setting alight" (c.1300).

kindle

v.

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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