• WordNet 3.6
    • v kindle call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity","raise a smile","evoke sympathy"
    • v kindle cause to start burning "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
    • v kindle catch fire "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kindle Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame. "So is a contentious man to kindle strife.""Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither.""Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.""Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire."
    • Kindle To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated. "On all occasions where forbearance might be called for, the Briton kindles , and the Christian gives way."
    • v. t. & i Kindle To bring forth young. "The poor beast had but lately kindled ."
    • Kindle To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings. "His breath kindleth coals."
    • Kindle To take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame. "When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • kindle To give birth to; bring forth, as young.
    • kindle To bring forth young.
    • n kindle Progeny; young.
    • n kindle A brood or litter.
    • kindle To set fire to; set on fire; cause to burn; light: as, to kindle tinder or coal; to kindle a fire.
    • kindle To inflame, as the passions or feelings; rouse into activity; excite; fire: as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle love.
    • kindle To move by instigation; provoke; incite; entice.
    • kindle To light up; illuminate.
    • kindle Synonyms To ignite, set fire to.
    • kindle To awaken, stimulate, whet, foment, work up.
    • kindle To take fire; begin to burn.
    • kindle To begin to glow; light up; grow bright.
    • kindle To begin to be excited; grow warm or animated; be roused.
    • kindle To be with young: an English fanciers' term applied to rabbits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Kindle kin′dl to set fire to: to light: to inflame, as the passions: to provoke: to excite to action
    • v.i Kindle to take fire: to begin to be excited: to be roused
    • v.t Kindle kin′dl (Shak.) to bring forth (young).
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  • G. S. Hillard
    G. S. Hillard
    “Anger may be kindled in the noblest breasts: but in these slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never takes the shape of consistency of enduring hatred.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning in your own.”
  • Dorothea Brande
    Dorothea Brande
    “Man's mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. kyndill, candle, torch; prob. fr. L. candela,; cf. also Icel. kynda, to kindle. Cf. Candle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. kindlenkinde, kind.


In literature:

With regard to holding out, I know of nothing that will cause fire to burn slow once it is well kindled.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
The spot where their watch-fire was kindled is now covered by the flourishing city of Bahia.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Death-lamp though it be, it is still a broken light of Him, witness, in its own dark way, to the All-kindling Hand.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
Proceeding to the space between the trench and the wall, there they sat down, and there kindled a fire, and prepared each his supper.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Command was now given that the fire should be kindled.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
I stood amazed; and my heart kindled with marvellous desire to accost him and learn of so strange a fortune.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Table 30, by Stromeyer, gives the approximate kindling temperatures of different fuels.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Instantly the imaginations of the German peasants and workmen kindled.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The next morning, when Mr. Leatherby kindled the fire in his shoe-shop, he found that the stove would not draw.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
It is highly important that travelers should know the different methods that may be resorted to for kindling fires upon a march.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy

In poetry:

More bright than stars or moons that vary,
Sun kindling heaven and hell,
Here, after all these years, Queen Mary,
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Quick the magic raptures steal
O'er the fancy kindling brain,
Warm the heart with social zeal,
And song and laughter reign.
"Song" by Ann Radcliffe
Because God is; and claims the life
He kindled in thy brain;
And thou in Him, rapt far from strife,
Diest and liv'st again.
"A Hidden Life" by George MacDonald
Because God is, and claims the life
He kindled in thy brain;
And thou in him, rapt far from strife,
Diest and liv'st again.
"The Holy Midnight" by George MacDonald
Or the dear light of Hope--like that,
Oh, see, from the lost shore
Kindling and calling "Onward, you
Shall reach the Evermore!"
"Last Sight Of Land" by Cale Young Rice
What wonder that her kindling eye
Should fade, suffused in tears?
What wonder that her heart should glow,
Oblivious of the years?
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Amazon announced a new device, called the Kindle Paperwhite .
Amazon announces Kindle Fire HD, new Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.
Amazon Unveils Kindle PaperWhite , 9-inch Kindle Fire, Whispersync Game Features.
Amazon Unveils Kindle With ' Paperwhite ' Display.
Amazon today unveiled a revamped version of its Kindle e-book reader lineup, including a new touch-based, frontlit Kindle known as Paperwhite .
The Kindle Paperwhite will ship Oct 1, but consumers can start placing orders today. has announced the Kindle Paperwhite is heading to Japan, shipping on November 19 and selling for ¥12,980.
Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite, the newest version of its popular ereader, is easily the best one the giant e-tailer has built.
Students come to peer over my shoulder and see what books are on my Kindle Fire.
Many of my Kindle ebook titles are lendable.
I'm going to take the long way around to laud Kindle and the other e-book platforms as a few of the purest advances born of the digital revolution.
Kindle Fire Price Cut Rumor, Podcast App, Sonnet PCIe Chassis.
Amazon's New Kindle Will Have Thin Profit Margin . Inc quenched the Kindle Fire on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012, saying its first tablet computer is now sold out.
Kindle Fire HD good, but not quite an iPad.

In science:

Jack Silverstein kindled the first author’s involvement in the sub ject with a manuscript of unpublished work and several email discussions.
The polynomial method for random matrices
In recent years, the study of an increasing numbers of natural phenomena that appear to deviate from standard statistical distributions has kindled interest in alternative formulation of statistical mechanics (Kaniadakis 2005).
Maximum entropy generation in open systems: the Fourth Law?
In recent years, the study of an increasing numbers of natural phenomena that appear to deviate from standard statistical distributions has kindled interest in alternative formulation of statistical mechanics (Kaniadakis 2005).
Irreversibility and maximum generation in $\kappa$-generalized statistical mechanics
With the introduction of Android and iPhone devices, use of ebook readers such as iPad and Kindle and the success of social networking giants such as Facebook, the demand for cellular data traffic has also grown significantly in recent years.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
Since many physical properties display v∆ /vF dependence, observable effects kindled by these interesting fixed points should be expected.
Velocity renormalization of nodal quasiparticles in d-wave superconductors