from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To build or fuel (a fire).
- transitive v. To set fire to; ignite.
- transitive v. To cause to glow; light up: The sunset kindled the skies.
- transitive v. To arouse (an emotion, for example): "No spark had yet kindled in him an intellectual passion” ( George Eliot).
- intransitive v. To catch fire; burst into flame.
- intransitive v. To become bright; glow.
- intransitive v. To become inflamed.
- intransitive v. To be stirred up; rise.
- n. A brood or litter, especially of kittens. See Synonyms at flock1.
- intransitive v. To give birth to young. Used especially of rabbits.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A collective term for a group of kittens.
- v. To start (a fire) or light (a torch).
- v. To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To bring forth young.
- transitive v. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light.
- transitive v. Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite.
- intransitive v. To take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame.
- intransitive v. To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give birth to; bring forth, as young.
- To bring forth young.
- n. Progeny; young.
- n. A brood or litter.
- To set fire to; set on fire; cause to burn; light: as, to kindle tinder or coal; to kindle a fire.
- To inflame, as the passions or feelings; rouse into activity; excite; fire: as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle love.
- To move by instigation; provoke; incite; entice.
- To light up; illuminate.
- Synonyms To ignite, set fire to.
- To awaken, stimulate, whet, foment, work up.
- To take fire; begin to burn.
- To begin to glow; light up; grow bright.
- To begin to be excited; grow warm or animated; be roused.
- To be with young: an English fanciers' term applied to rabbits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. catch fire
- v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
- v. cause to start burning
Middle English kindelen (influenced by kindelen, to give birth to, cause), probably from Old Norse kynda.
Middle English kindelen, to give birth to, from kindel, offspring, from Old English gecynd; see kind2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse kynda (Wiktionary)