He is a slightly built New Englander, in tie and shirtsleeves, whose sense of humor is about as dry and incendiary as kindling.
The new health care ads are designed to jack up sentiments to the kindling point.
His riff toward the end when he bragged about winning three times in a blue state just might have been the kindling.
Hiller opens a barrel, lifts out wood particles and pieces of kindling, and lets them run through his fingers.
In this precedent, there is kindling stuff for hope, if not substantial fuel.
They stood with kindling eyes, and hearts throbbing, but not with fear.
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.
Some of them went to the making of boxes, I suppose, some to the kindling of kitchen fires.
The distillation commences within an hour of kindling the fire, and is completed in six hours.
Then he swiftly set about kindling a fire and getting a meal.
"material for lighting fire," 1510s, from present participle of kindle (v.). Earlier "a setting alight" (c.1300).
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.