Definition of Kindle

1. Verb. Catch fire. "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"

Exact synonyms: Inflame
Generic synonyms: Flare Up
Derivative terms: Inflammation, Kindling, Kindling



2. Verb. Cause to start burning. "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
Exact synonyms: Conflagrate, Enkindle, Inflame
Generic synonyms: Ignite, Light
Specialized synonyms: Rekindle
Derivative terms: Inflammation

3. Verb. Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses). "Evoke sympathy"

Definition of Kindle

1. v. t. & i. To bring forth young.

2. v. t. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings.

3. v. i. To take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame.

Definition of Kindle

1. Noun. (obsolete) A collective term for a group of kittens. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To start (a fire) or light (a torch). ¹

3. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kindle

1. to cause to burn [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Medical Definition of Kindle

1. 1. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings. "His breath kindleth coals." (Job xii. 21) 2. To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame. "So is a contentious man to kindle strife." (Prov. Xxvi. 21) "Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither." (Shak) "Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam." (Milton) "Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire." (Dryden) Synonym: Enkindle, light, ignite, inflame, provoke, excite, arouse, stir up. Origin: Icel. Kyndill candle, torch; prob. Fr. L. Candela; cf. Also Icel. Kynda to kindle. Cf. Candle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kindle

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Literary usage of Kindle

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1. Personal Memoirs and Recollections of Editorial Life by Joseph Tinker Buckingham (1852)
"And scorns the laugh and the sneer ; — 1 know by her lips as her bright eyes kindle, That a free-born spirit is here. 0 sing me the song of the Factory Girl ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Who bade him, when he saw Athene gone (Pallas Athene, Argos' surest aid), To kindle high the heart of Troy ..."

3. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1907)
"NOTES ON THE PALEOZOIC FAUNAS AND STRATIGRAPHY OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA' EM kindle United States Geological Survey, Washington, DC INTRODUCTION The localities ..."

4. The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, from the Best Writers by Lindley Murray (1833)
"... (if they prove his fate) He lays aside to find his dignity ; j 6 They kindle at the shadow of a wrong ; Wrong he sustains with temper, looks on heav'n, ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1861)
"... there is no earthly power that can bring back the Promethean spark to kindle them here again, any more than in that ancient land of eloquence, poetry, ..."

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