from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dry wood cut into small pieces to be used in kindling fires.


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  • In other places it was filled with air and emptiness, with here and there a piece of kindling-wood or dry-goods box, to aid in the making of the shell.

    The House Beautiful

  • I'll never forget the night when I called him an 'told him that everything on top the houses had gone adrift, an' that two of the boats had been swept aft and was kindling-wood against the break of the cabin.


  • Essex, sink off the west coast of South America, twelve hundred miles from the nearest land for the small boats to cover, and all because of a big cow whale that butted her into kindling-wood?


  • When in 1990 I first saw the famous image of the charring of the base of Comet Ball by means of a small kindling-wood fire beneath it, my first thought was that the event itself dramatized the fiery comet crashing to earth.


  • To begin with the list leaves out a great deal — blacking, pepper, salt, vinegar, matches, kindling-wood, raeor blades, replacements of utensils, and wear and tear of furniture and bedding, to name the first few that come to mind.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • They were flimsy affairs, these cars, merely highly varnished kindling-wood with bits of polished brass and glass stuck about them, but he realized what fortunes they portended if the city grew.

    The Titan

  • Even the cabin table itself had been knocked into kindling-wood; and the cabin mess dined off the broad head of an oil-butt, lashed down to the floor for a centerpiece.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • An avalanche of loose earth, stones, and bushes, brought down by this battering-ram of the landslide, piled themselves upon the log hut, smashing to kindling-wood its walls, which had stood many a hard storm, burying them out of sight, and flinging wide showers of dust and small missiles.

    Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods

  • I may attack the lancet, the herbs, the ground-roots, whose doses were only as kindling-wood and sawdust a little more refined, and you will say "Amen" with emphasis.

    The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure

  • Were you ever awake on the briny deep, in advance, when the cook had yet two hours to sleep; when the stove in the galley was cold, and the kindling-wood unsplit; the coffee still in its tender, green, unroasted innocence?

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses


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