tin·​der | \ ˈtin-dər How to pronounce tinder (audio) \

Definition of tinder

1 : a very flammable substance adaptable for use as kindling
2 : something that serves to incite or inflame that rhetoric was ready tinder for revolution— Margaret Peters

Examples of tinder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cool, moist weather early in the day gave firefighters a break, but by afternoon flames starting moving again in steep terrain where tinder-dry vegetation hasn't burned in a half-century, the fire department said. CBS News, 17 May 2021 With a tinder-dry summer on the horizon, Gov. Gavin Newsom has released an unprecedented $1 billion blueprint for wildfire prevention, inking a deal with legislators in early April to fast-track more than half of the money. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Fuels are still tinder-dry and fire danger remains elevated across the region. oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2021 With such tinder-dry conditions, fires are easily triggered and difficult to control. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 A few years later, the piling tinder gave way to revolution. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 12 Mar. 2021 All of these videos are like tinder building up to a real place in the community. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2021 Between tinder and igniting methods, there are a plethora of options out there for your kit. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 23 Mar. 2021 Climate change worsens wildfires in multiple ways as heated temperatures and drought turn landscapes into proverbial tinder boxes. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tinder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tinder

Middle English, from Old English tynder; akin to Old High German zuntra tinder, Old English tendan to kindle

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The first known use of tinder was before the 12th century

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14 Jun 2021

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“Tinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinder. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tinder

: dry material (such as wood or grass) that burns easily and can be used to start a fire


tin·​der | \ ˈtin-dər How to pronounce tinder (audio) \

Kids Definition of tinder

: material that burns easily and can be used as kindling

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