kindling


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kindle \Kin`dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kindled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Kindling.] [Icel. kyndill candle, torch; prob. fr. L.
   candela; cf. also Icel. kynda to kindle. Cf. Candle.]
   1. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to
      cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle
      a match, or shavings.
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            His breath kindleth coals.            --Job xii. 21.
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   2. Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke;
      to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to
      incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame
      of love, or love into a flame.
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            So is a contentious man to kindle strife. --Prov.
                                                  xxvi. 21.
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            Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither.
                                                  --Shak.
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            Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.
                                                  --Milton.
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            Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.
                                                  --Dryden.

   Syn: Enkindle; light; ignite; inflame; provoke; excite;
        arouse; stir up.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kindling \Kin"dling\ (k[i^]n"dl[i^]ng), n.
   1. The act of causing to burn, or of exciting or inflaming
      the passions.

   2. Materials, easily lighted, for starting a fire, such as
      small twigs or paper; -- also used in the pl..
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