kin·​dling | \ ˈkin(d)-liŋ How to pronounce kindling (audio) , ˈkin-lən \

Definition of kindling

: easily combustible material for starting a fire

Examples of kindling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a long-lasting campfire, arrange the kindling in either a crisscross pattern over the tinder or as a four-sided frame around the tinder. René A. Guzman,, "COVID-19 pandemic expected to close or delay summer camps, but you can create your own," 11 May 2020 Most of these tools are at home chopping down trees and splitting the wood into kindling. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Best Survival Knives," 27 Jan. 2020 The kindling is in place for an explosive constitutional standoff. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Could Scotland become the next Catalonia?," 17 Dec. 2019 The Endless Summer Wood Burning Fire Pit, an online favorite with its 4.2 stars and more than 400 reviews, has a deep bowl to fit plenty of kindling, is easily transportable, and features a spark guard for safe burning. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "28 reasons to still be excited that it's spring," 3 Apr. 2020 This graceful blade, with a classic Scandi grind edge and black traction coating, made quick work of the kindling. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 20 Feb. 2020 At Nation Bluff, a ranger had left a crumple of newspaper and dry kindling inside the woodstove. Anchorage Daily News, "A winter journey along the Yukon River," 23 Feb. 2020 The polished blade skated through the baton work, neatly splitting the kindling. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 20 Feb. 2020 There is a hammer end for pounding in stakes or driving nails, along with a very sharp cutting edge for fine work, like shaving tinder, and splitting kindling. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of kindling

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kindling was circa 1522

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26 May 2020

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“Kindling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kindling

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


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Kids Definition of kindling

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


kind·​ling | \ ˈkin-dliŋ How to pronounce kindling (audio) \

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

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