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

  • n. Easily ignited material, such as dry sticks of wood, used to start a fire. Also called regionally fat pine, fatwood, lightwood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. small pieces of wood and twigs used to start a fire.
  • v. Present participle of kindle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of causing to burn, or of exciting or inflaming the passions.
  • n. Materials, easily lighted, for starting a fire, such as small twigs or paper; -- also used in the pl..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brood or litter.
  • n. The act of causing to burn; setting on fire.
  • n. Material, usually dry wood cut into small pieces, for starting a fire: as, put some kindling in the stove: most commonly in the plural.
  • n. The bringing forth of young: applied by English fanciers to rabbits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. material for starting a fire
  • n. the act of setting something on fire


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  • This pleasure either the young men copied from the older ones or the older ones always kept. The grown people, like the children, looked with kindling eyes at all turmoil, expecting delight for themselves and for you.

    --Eudora Welty, 1946, Delta Wedding

    December 11, 2010