• WordNet 3.6
    • n igniter a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires "do you have a light?"
    • n igniter a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n igniter One who or that which ignites; specifically, a signal-holder having a piston in the end for igniting a blue-light by compression.
    • n igniter An electric apparatus, sparkcoil, or induction-coil, which is used in gas- or gasolene-engines to ignite the charge in the engine-cylinder by means of an electric spark produced in the cylinder at the proper point of the piston-stroke.
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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.”


In literature:

Behind it sounded the crackling of freshly ignited brushwood, and soon a light spread over the surrounding neighbourhood.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Mr. Harley rendered Storri such shameful accounts of himself that the latter was well-nigh consumed with what inward fires were ignited.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Then suddenly the very gentleness of his smile ignited a little answering smile on her lips.
"Molly Make-Believe" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The kiln thus formed is then ignited at several points.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
When the signal was heard the lucifers were struck everywhere, and the fuses ignited.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
A spark was now sufficient to ignite this formidable engine, and to blow the rock to atoms!
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Huge masses of burning gas will be hurled forth on the wind and ignite the trees two and three hundred yards distant.
"The Boy With the U. S. Foresters" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The gas carried off by a fine tube is again ignited.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
With the Parrott shell, however, the Navy time-fuze is the most certain of ignition and regular in its time of burning.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The larger particles, which strike our atmosphere and which ignite by friction, form shooting stars.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train

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
We are two trunks ignited by lightning
Two flames in the midnight forest;
We are two meteors flying in the night,
The double-stinging arrow of a single fate!
"Love" by Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov
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:

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is making a strong push for making ignition interlocks mandatory nationwide for all DUI offenders, USA Today reports.
The IIHS wants to make ignition interlock devices mandatory nationwide for DUI convicts.
After dropping three straight games, the Carroll County Panthers (3-3) needed a spark to ignite their team.
Thomas ignites decisive 17-2 spurt.
The workers left the keys in the hearse 's ignition and went inside to get the body, Whittington said.
Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" played to the most wildly enthusiastic cheers of the festival and igniting a storm of critical excitement on Twitter.
More than 20,000 home theater speaker systems are being recalled because they can potentially ignite.
360ci, HEI ignition, Holley carburetor.
YouTube user myTwinBees A Fourth of July fireworks display in San Diego lasted only 20 seconds after the entire show was ignited at once.
This is certainly not the first time a sneaker has ignited controversy.
Ignite your senses in this inspirational movement experience that is taught in silence while using visual cuing.
Romney tries to sidestep tax furor he ignited.
Sure, it might be a little rainy, but the recent 60- and 70-degree weather is enough to ignite excitement for the spring season of tailgating, followed by a summer of pool parties.
A fire that severely damaged a nuclear submarine undergoing repairs at a Maine shipyard was apparently caused by an industrial vacuum cleaner that picked up a heat source and ignited some debris, the Navy said Friday.
Beech Street fire caused by igniting of vapors from car gas tank stored in basement.

In science:

The further is the initial state from this optimal state, the more time (ignition time) the system needs to adjust so the the front could start moving across the sample.
Fronts of spin tunneling in molecular magnets
For initial states far from the front states, the ignition time can be so long that there is a significant off-resonance relaxation in the bulk of the crystal during it.
Fronts of spin tunneling in molecular magnets
For smaller dipolar fields such as eED ∼ 3 (that can be achieved by applying a strong transverse field to increase ∆) ignition of the fronts is much easier.
Fronts of spin tunneling in molecular magnets
Another possibility to ignite the cold deflagration is to slowly sweep the external field in the positive direction, approaching the resonance,18 that will be considered later on.
Fronts of spin tunneling in molecular magnets
For z not too close to the ends of the interval −L/2 ≤ z ≤ L/2, the variables indeed depend on ξ = z − vt, as it should be in a moving front. 3D plots of n(z , t) are smooth and look qualitatively as in Fig. 1, and the ignition time can be reduced to zero by a better choice if the initial state.
Fronts of spin tunneling in molecular magnets