• WordNet 3.6
    • n ignition the act of setting something on fire
    • n ignition the mechanism that ignites the fuel in an internal-combustion engine
    • n ignition the process of initiating combustion or catching fire
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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.
    • Ignition The act of igniting, kindling, or setting on fire.
    • Ignition The state of being ignited or kindled.
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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.
    • n ignition The act of igniting, kindling, or setting on fire.
    • n ignition Means of igniting; provision for firing.
    • n ignition The state of being ignited; a burning.
    • n ignition In chem., the process of roasting or intensely heating a substance.
    • n ignition In internal-combustion motors, the setting fire to the mixture of air and hydrocarbon vapor in the cylinder, so that the air shall expand and increase its pressure and perform the work required. Ignition is mainly effected, in modern motors, by an electric spark which jumps across a gap between terminals and in so doing raises the temperature of the mixture to the igniting-point. Such electric ignition may be by the jump-spark system, or by the make-and-break system. In the jump-spark system, the terminals on the secondary circuit of a Ruhmkorff or induction-coil are used. The current is made and broken on the primary or battery circuit, and this sends a secondary current of high intensity through the secondary line, in which are the gap-terminals. The primary make-and-break effect may be either by mechanical or by electrical vibrators, timed at will by the revolution of the motor-shaft. The hammer-break or arc system ignites by causing a flowing primary current to be mechanically interrupted by the separation of two contacts in the circuit. The current arcs across the break until the gap becomes too wide and the arc sets fire to the mixture around it. The make-and-break gives a ‘fat’ or copious spark, but considerable battery-power is needed; the jump-spark gives a tenuous high-tension spark, with less battery-power. Magneto-electric machines or small dynamos are much used for electric ignitions. Ignition may also be effected by compressing the mixture and at the right time allowing it to enter a hot tube of refractory material heated to redness by an exterior flame; or simple compression within the hot walls of the containing-chamber will fire an easily ignited mixture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ignition act of setting on fire: state of being kindled, and esp. of being made red hot
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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
Cf. F. ignition,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ignīre, ignītum, to set on fire—ignis, fire.


In literature:

Then all too soon a cry went up that the fire had leaped the street and had ignited a house on the west side.
"The Sign Of The Red Cross" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Hemp has been known to ignite from the same cause; and the dockyard of Brest was set on fire by this means in 1757.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
This ignited upon being dipped in sulphuric acid.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878" by Various
O thou withstander of all foes, igniting the sacred fire, take thou her hand with due rites.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
It lurketh in wood and never consumeth it till it is ignited by others.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
It is like fireworks, which require hours of preparation and only a moment for ignition.
"Dream Psychology" by Sigmund Freud
The alkaline earths are not volatile, and their organic salts are converted, by ignition, into carbonates.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
The hammer fell and the spark it made ignited a fuse leading down to the powder.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
They are then allowed to drip, and the ozokerite is ignited by the objects being held over a fire.
"Handbook on Japanning: 2nd Edition" by William N. Brown
Little Miss Gunpowder, milder than the dusk before the moon ignites it!
"Little Eve Edgarton" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

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
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
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:

Sweeney has ignited a Twitter war with Twilight fans after daring to suggest that Kristen Stewart was right to cheat on boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
Put your key in the ignition.
Morris School District offers new educational program called IGNITE Academy.
Morris Consolidated Schools is proud to announce a new addition to their program offerings called IGNITE Academy.
Self-igniting wiring harnesses can be redone, but road-trip memories are irreplaceable.
Equipment dust ignition protection by enclosure "t".
Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.
The fire began when a cigarette ignited the couch.
Baker University junior Kyle Ruona, Baldwin City, makes his way through the Baker Wetlands, igniting the tall grass during a controlled burn Thursday.
No active flames but a small forest fire that ignited at around 3:10 this afternoon near the Forked River Marina is still smoldering, according to Lacey Police Chief Bill Nally.
Republican Richard Mourdock ignited a controversy over rape and abortion in Tuesday's final Senate - 11:00 am.
The damage to the cord can result in a short circuit and possible ignition of the plastic case, posing a fire hazard.
Fire ignites on production line at Shreveport's UOP plant.
An unfortunate late-night rifle shot ignited a storage container of holiday fireworks for Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo.
We Have Ignition NASA Tests New Rocket Engine in Mojave Desert.

In science:

However, core density also increases, and this increase outpaces the temperature increase needed to maintain burning and, as ash becomes fuel, to ignite the next burning stages.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
In addition, after the ignition of core carbon burning, the temperatures are sufficient to generate high fluxes of thermal neutrinos.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Progenitors and initial state at ignition 6.2.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
While this scenario naturally explains the absence of hydrogen in the spectrum, there is no built-in mechanism that leads to a reproducible state at ignition, a simple explanation for the empirical reproducibility of SNe Ia.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
This implies that these fixed points of the velocity ratio are stable, and hence observable effects ignited by them are unchanged.
Velocity renormalization of nodal quasiparticles in d-wave superconductors