kindling

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noun kin·dling \ˈkin(d)-liŋ, ˈkin-lən\

Definition of kindling

  1. :  easily combustible material for starting a fire

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First Known Use of kindling

circa 1522


KINDLING Defined for English Language Learners

kindling

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Definition of kindling for English Language Learners

  • : dry twigs, pieces of paper, etc., that burn easily and are used to start a fire


KINDLING Defined for Kids

kindling

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noun kin·dling \ˈkind-liŋ\

Definition of kindling for Students

  1. :  material that burns easily and is used for starting a fire


Medical Dictionary

kindling

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noun kind·ling \ˈkin-dliŋ\

Medical Definition of kindling

  1. :  the electrophysiological changes that occur in the brain as a result of repeated intermittent exposure to a subthreshold electrical or chemical stimulus (as one causing seizures) so that there develops a usually permanent decrease in the threshold of excitability


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