- kin|dle1 «KIHN duhl», verb, -dled, -dling.–v.t.2. Figurative. to stir up; arouse: »
His cruelty kindled our anger.SYNONYM(S): inflame, excite, rouse, inspire.3. Figurative. to light up; make bright: »
Pleasure kindled the child's face.–v.i.1. to catch fire; begin to burn; burst into flame: »
This damp wood will never kindle.2. Figurative. to become stirred up or aroused: »
The warrior spirit of the cavaliers kindled at the thoughts (Washington Irving).3. Figurative. to become eager or animated; light up; brighten: »
The boy's face kindled as he told about the circus.╂[probably ultimately < Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic kynda kindle) + English -le]–kin´dler, noun.Synonym Study transitive verb. 1 Kindle, ignite mean to set on fire. Kindle means to cause something like wood to burn by setting fire to it, and often suggests some work in getting a fire going: »
He kindled a fire in the fireplace.Ignite suggests causing something highly flammable like very dry wood and grass, cleaning fluids, gas, or oil to burst into flame by putting a spark, tiny flame, or great heat to or near it: »
Firemen tried to keep flying sparks from igniting the shingles of the house.kin|dle2 «KIHN duhl», verb, -dled, -dling, noun.–v.t., v.i.Dialect. (of a female animal) to give birth to (young).–n.1. a litter of kittens: »
It seems only yesterday that they were a mere kindle of kittens (New Yorker).2. Obsolete. the young of any animal; a young one.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.