• WordNet 3.6
    • v ignite arouse or excite feelings and passions "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor","The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world","Wake old feelings of hatred"
    • v ignite cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter","Light a cigarette"
    • v ignite start to burn or burst into flames "Marsh gases ignited suddenly","The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spirit of proof strength was the technical standard by which strength was measured until 1st January, 1980. Hundreds of years ago, spirit of this strength was proved when Whiskey and gunpowder were mixed and ignited. If the gunpowder flashed, then there was enough Whiskey in the mixture to permit ignition. Such Whiskey was held to have been proved - i.e. "tested". If the spirit was weaker than this, then ignition did not take place and the Whiskey failed the "test". The amount of black powder used was the same amount as was, and indeed still is, used to "proof" the barrels of smooth-bore fire-arms.
    • Ignite To kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood.
    • Ignite (Chem) To subject to the action of intense heat; to heat strongly; -- often said of incombustible or infusible substances; as, to ignite iron or platinum.
    • v. i Ignite To take fire; to begin to burn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A single cup of gasoline, when ignited, has the same explosive power as five sticks of dynamite.
    • ignite To kindle or set on fire; cause to burn: as, to ignite a match.
    • ignite To make incandescent; cause to glow or scintillate with heat: as, to ignite iron; in chem., to heat intensely; roast.
    • ignite To take fire; begin to burn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ignite ig-nīt′ to set on fire, to kindle: to render luminous with heat
    • v.i Ignite to take fire: to burn
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  • Denis Waitley
    “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won t, you most assuredly won t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”
  • Charles Sawyer
    Charles Sawyer
    “Profit is the ignition system of our economic engine.”
  • Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    “Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.”
  • Rusty Berkus
    Rusty Berkus
    “There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ignitus, p. p. of ignire, to ignite, fr. ignis, fire. See Igneous


In literature:

Take a dig for ignition keys.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
If the solids blacken when ignited, the water contains organic matter.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
The helicopter man pulled the ignition-cord and a rocket began to sputter.
"Morale" by Murray Leinster
The house burned beautifully; and half an hour after it ignited the walls fell in, but no betrayer showed himself.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
The envelope speedily ignited.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
The inflammable torches were carefully arranged, and a couple of them for each boat were ignited.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Dry splinters and chips were placed under, and an Indian with his flint and steel soon had it ignited.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
The ignited wick ceased to smoulder; the peril was averted.
"'That Very Mab'" by May Kendall and Andrew Lang
I was afraid that the tree itself might ignite.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Already it had gained the edge of the path and ignited the wood on the opposite side.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

So the world, when all things are
Sparkling, yet does nought ignite,
Only asks you to be fair,
And finds delight.
"God Whose Gifts In Gracious Flood" by Victor Marie Hugo
and then a baby rabbit jumped out,
short-eared, to our surprise.
So soft!- a handful of intangible ash
with fixed, ignited eyes.
"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell
To thee I'll drain the modest cup,
Ignite with thee the mild Havannah;
And we will waft, while liquoring up,
Forgiveness to the heartless ANNA.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
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
Nor was he forsaken of courage, but the death was horrible,
The sack of gunpowder failing to ignite.
His legs were blistered sticks on which the black sap
Bubbled and burst as he howled for the Kindly Light.
"More Light! More Light!" by Anthony Hecht
One upward glance and she ignites her hair
and, whirling faster and faster, fans her dress
into passionate flames, till it becomes a furnace
from which, like startled rattlesnakes, the long
naked arms uncoil, aroused and clicking.
"The Spanish Dancer" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

Ls Swap Quick Quide Ignition System .
John Zink Co has introduced its WindPROOF InstaFire, a flare ignition system engineered with a rapid response capability and three levels of detection and relighting redundancies to ensure uninterrupted performance.
Ignition point of Waldo Canyon Fire identified.
But such a tactic often fails to ignite protest, and itself raises questions.
New Alabama DUI law requires ignition interlock device for offenders.
Melina Kelson-Podolsky ignites passion for baking.
Is Va.'s ignition- interlock rule for first-time DUI offenders too tough.
Twelve states now mandate ignition interlocks be placed in the vehicles of all drunk driving offenders, regardless of BAC level or number of previous offenses.
Twelve states now mandate ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, regardless of the number of previous offenses or BAC level.
Sparks from cutting metal with a skill saw ignited a fire at 713 W 10 N in Riverside Wednesday afternoon, said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray.
Shops Fight Fire by Igniting e-Book Sales.
Youngstown, Ohio has tried to ignite an economic revival-- by building prisons.
New research bound to re-ignite old debate about early versus late risers.
Ignited Obama, Romney come out slugging in tonight's debate.
An item lying too close to a heater had ignited and set off the smoke alarm .

In science:

In the case of HE 0914-0031, the cause of ignition of the quasar is thus still unknown.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
The strong degeneracy of the 12C ignition layer on an accreting neutron star results in a hydrodynamic thermonuclear runaway, in which the nuclear heating time becomes shorter than the local dynamical time.
Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts
Our calculations (§ 3) suggest that about half the time there is enough H/He present in the layer that the shock can ignite the 4He and trigger a Type I precursor burst.
Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts
We show in § 4 that even if the shock does not ignite the 4He, the cooling of the ashes of 12C burning at depths just below the H/He layer can result in a precursor that appears similar to a Type I burst, but with a peak luminosity that is smaller by a factor of ≃ 2 − 3.
Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts
Ignitions above this line will become hydrodynamic.
Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts