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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give birth to; bring forth, as young.
  • To bring forth young.
  • 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.
  • n. Progeny; young.
  • n. A brood or litter.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old Norse kynda



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    June 17, 2012

  • You know, rolig, I've been wondering the same thing. For a long time now.

    October 1, 2009

  • You've gotta wonder why Amazon decided on this idiotic name. When I link the word "kindle" with books, I think of Nazis and book-burning. Is the idea that our old-fashioned paper books can now be used as kindling? Marketing morons.

    September 30, 2009

  • iPhone, App Store: I type "Kindle for iPhone" and among the search results, I find "Barnes and Noble eReader".

    How did they do it?, I wonder...

    And here's how. Below is part of the application description.

    "In short, we're not just a new chapter or a new stanza, we're a whole new story that's going to kindle a real revolution in reading."

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  • Where the strong are not unseeing,

    And the harvests are not sere;

    Where, ere the seasons dwindle,

    They yield their due return;

    Where the lamps of knowledge kindle

    While the flames of youth still burn?

    - Edmund Clarence Stedman, 'Si Jeunesse Savait!'

    September 16, 2009

  • An ereader produced by Amazon, of which I'm skeptical

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