Origin of kindlingME: see kindle
Easily ignited material, such as dry sticks of wood, used to start a fire. Also called Also called regionally fatwood . Also called 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.
- In a few minutes the kindling was burning.
- As a teacher he had a remarkable power of kindling enthusiasm; and he sent out many distinguished pupils, among whom may be mentioned Hitzig, Schrader, Noldeke, Diestel and Dillma nn.
- His lectures and conversation classes were extraordinarily good, possessing as he did the rare gift of kindling the enthusiasm without curbing the individuality of his pupils.
- But there is an interesting parallel in the legend of the kindling of the sacred fire and the igniting of the "thick water" in the time of Nehemiah (2 Macc. i.
- Pope Leo X., moreover, handed over three-quarters of Italy to the new emperor in exchange for Luthers condemnation, thereby kindling that rivalry between Charles V.