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.
- The most significant was the liberation, at the moment of kindling the funeral pyre, of an eagle which was supposed to bear the emperor's soul to heaven.
- In the later form of the story Philoctetes was the friend and armour-bearer of Heracles, who presented him with his bow and poisoned arrows as a reward for kindling the fire on Mt Oeta, on which the hero immolated himself.
- In the twilight saddled horses could be seen, and Cossacks and hussars who had rigged up rough shelters in the glade and were kindling glowing fires in a hollow of the forest where the French could not see the smoke.