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kindle

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verb kin·dle \ˈkin-dəl\

Definition of kindle

kindled

kindling

play \ˈkin(d)-liŋ, ˈkin-dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to start (a fire) burning :  light

  3. 2 a :  to stir up :  arouse <kindle interest> b :  to bring into being :  start

  4. 3 :  to cause to glow :  illuminate

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to catch fire

  7. 2 a :  to flare up b :  to become animated

  8. 3 :  to become illuminated

kindler

play \ˈkin(d)-lər, ˈkin-dəl-ər\ noun


Origin and Etymology of kindle

Middle English, probably modification of Old Norse kynda; akin to Old High German cuntesal fire


First Known Use: 13th century


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kindle

verb kin·dle

Definition of kindle

kindled

kindling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  bear 2a —used especially of a rabbit

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to bring forth young —used especially of a rabbit



Origin and Etymology of kindle

Middle English, from kindle young animal, probably from kinde, noun, kind


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Mammals Terms

Rhymes with kindle


KINDLE Defined for Kids

kindle

play
verb kin·dle \ˈkin-dəl\

Definition of kindle for Students

kindled

kindling

  1. 1 :  to set on fire :  light

  2. 2 :  to stir up :  excite <The trip kindled an interest in travel.>




Medical Dictionary

kindle

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intransitive verb kin·dle \ˈkin-dəl\

Medical Definition of kindle

kindled

;

kindling

  1. :  to bring forth young—used chiefly of a rabbit





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