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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
And it's an important point, because there's two things, really, with regards to what they called a kindling effect.
_ She takes some wood, or some coal, and puts under it some pine wood, which she calls kindling, and some shavings, and then takes a match and sets the shavings on fire, and very soon the fire is made.
Write to Done has been instrumental in kindling my passion to write again.
Dry pine needles and dry wood shavings make good tinder to light the kindling from the burning cottonball.
She slipped and broke her hip while bringing in kindling during a blizzard and never recovered.
First tinder, then thin kindling, followed by bigger and bigger kindling, then small fire wood followed by bigger.
Some people just won't be happy until the Inquisition has office space again and kindling is being piled up around the local stakes.
The kindling is stacked below, air between the logs, the firewood is dry and the chimney draws well.
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame. â€ Hannah Senesh
By contrast, kindling is a substance that will ignite from an open flame such as a match or butane lighter but is difficult to spark from a steel.