tinder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tinder material for starting a fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tinder Something very inflammable, used for kindling fire from a spark, as scorched linen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tinder A dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark or sparks; specifically, a preparation or material used for catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together for fire or light. See spunk, 1. When tinder was in general use instead of matches, it consisted commonly of charred linen, which was ignited in a metallic box.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tinder tin′dėr anything used for kindling fire from a spark
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tinder, tunder, AS. tynder, tyndre,; akin to tendan, to kindle, D. tonder, tinder, G. zunder, OHG. zuntara, zuntra, Icel. tundr, Sw. tunder, Dan. tönder,. See Tind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tynder; Ice. tundr, Ger. zunder. The root is found in A.S. tendan, Ger. zünden, to kindle.

Usage

In literature:

But the latent laugh was coursing among the dimples in her face, like a spark among tinder.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866" by Various
It was the husband of the beautiful woman who provided the tinder.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
I can put my clothes on them and the tinder.
"The Lion of Saint Mark" by G. A. Henty
Enyhow 'tain't yere, 'cept maybe a few coins that rolled tinder the table.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
In order to get a closer view Hartnoll then struck a light with the tinder box.
"Animal Ghosts" by Elliott O'Donnell
This material was as dry as tinder, and held the fire.
"Captured by the Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
To one unacquainted with the tinderous quality of political popularities, what ensued would be hard to imagine.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
You see, he had collared the tinder-box when he first came in, and had hidden it from her.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I will go down to the stream again, to light the tinder.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Besides snow-shoes, each individual carries his blanket, hatchet, steel, flint, and tinder, and generally fire arms.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
Tinder-box, with flint and steel.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The tinder-dry stuff caught immediately.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
It's just like putting a match to tinder.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
There had been no rain in some time, and the inflammable buildings caught like so much tinder.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Chance sparks kindle chance tinder; and so here.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
There, where the conspirators had left it, stood the candle, and the tinder-box beside it.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
The inner portion was once used as tinder.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
In the tinder-box I blow on the tinder to supply a larger amount of oxygen to my spark.
"The Story of a Tinder-box" by Charles Meymott Tidy
Now, there must be a way of snapping an emptied shell into a little pile of tinder, and catching the spark in some manner.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
Now, Madam Tinder, your aggrieves are last.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
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In poetry:

Shall we burn up, tread that face at once
Into tinder,
And so hinder
Sparks from kindling all the place at once?
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning
Then, grateful, he turned to the window
Behind which the wall, further down,
Was breathing like smouldering tinder,
Lit up by the glare of the town.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak
Flintlike, her feet struck
Such a racket of echoes from the steely street,
Tacking in moon-blued crooks from the black
Stone-built town, that she heard the quick air ignite
Its tinder and shake
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath
He now could say--in a defeat,
Out of a bitter comes a sweet.
Sir Robert's heart of flinty stone
Struck up a light which burnt and shone.
The Bishop's heart of soft desire,
Like tinder, caught a milder fire.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
But now my heart is made Thy censer trim, Full of Thy golden altar's fire,
To offer up sweet incense in Unto Thyself entire:
I find my tinder scarce Thy sparks can feel
That drop from out Thy holy flint and steel.
"Ebb and Flow" by Edward Taylor
When first Thou on me, Lord, wroughtest Thy sweet print,
My heart was made Thy tinder-box,
My 'ffections were Thy tinder in't,
Where fell Thy sparks by drops.
Those holy sparks of heavenly fire that came
Did ever catch and often out would flame.
"Ebb and Flow" by Edward Taylor

In news:

The ideal baklava should combine lush, crisp, sweet, and earthy into one tiny, terrific package, an aspiration far beyond the ken of whoever's baking up all those pasty, tinder-dry wannabes that are all too common these days.
New wildfires burning on both the east and west sides of Washington are threatening homes and prompting officials to plead with residents to obey burn bans and be cautious in tinder-dry conditions.
In "Bar the Door" (Op-Ed, July 25), Daniel James argues that illegal aliens "provided the tinder for rioting in Los Angeles and the Washington Heights section of New York City.
There's a fire in her belly, and it burns from a sonic tinder.
In the tinder-dry West, there is growing concern about the threat from guns.
A fast-moving brushfire, whipped by afternoon and evening winds while being fed by tinder-dry vegetation, threatened homes in the northwest portion of Reno at the base of Peavine Mountain.
New wildfires burning on both the east and west sides of Washington are threatening homes and prompting officials to plead with residents to obey burn bans and be cautious in tinder -dry conditions.
David Lee Tinder , 71, of Fort Myers, Fla.
He was born Nov 23, 1940, in Chicago, Ill. To the late Melvin and Velna (Gossett) Tinder .
Tinder Box may be a chain, but there's a bit of local charm in the Mesa location that makes it feel as though Mom and Pop have been running the place forever.
Tinder Box may be a chain, but there's a bit of local charm in the Mesa location that makes it feel as though Mom and Pop have been running the place forever.
A fast-moving brushfire , whipped by afternoon and evening winds while being fed by tinder-dry vegetation, threatened homes in the northwest portion of Reno at the base of Peavine Mountain.
Nancy first married Richard Tinder on Oct 21, 1961.
Growing up in tinder-dry Arizona, we never had fireworks as kids.
From Justin Robinson and The Mary Annettes' Bones for Tinder (Five Head).
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