bits of dry wood or other easily lighted material for starting a fire
Origin of kindlingME: see kindle
Easily ignited material, such as dry sticks of wood, used to start a fire. Also called regionally fatwood, lightwood.
(countable and uncountable, plural kindlings)
Kindling refers to the second stage of building a fire: tinder is used to light kindling, which then lights the main fire.
- Present participle of kindle.
- Despite the damp wood, he had no trouble kindling a fire.