Definition of kindling
: easily combustible material for starting a fire
Recent Examples of kindling from the Web
Mortgage rates dropped below 4% for the first time since November, providing more kindling to an already hot housing market as the crucial spring selling season gets under way.
What’s happening in this early stage of Alzheimer’s can be likened to the kindling that starts a house fire.
The NES Classic Edition seems to suggest that the physical form and context of the original ignited the kindling that Nintendo has been arranging for years with sequels and re-releases of its original titles.
The tiny kindling of charity which came to him through his religion sufficed only to temper his disgust and change it to boredom.
More elaborate dishes, listed as the day’s specials, may include huaxmole, a creamy stew of guajillo peppers evoking cranberries and smoke, or a goat consommé with a kindling of chiles.
If that was the kindling, the Obama administration’s decision in 2014 to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba served as the match.
Continue this step another two to three times then light your kindling as usual.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kindling'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of kindling
KINDLING Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of kindling for Students
: material that burns easily and is used for starting a fire
Medical Definition of kindling
: 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up kindling? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).