tinder

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noun tin·der \ˈtin-dər\

Definition of tinder

  1. 1 :  a very flammable substance adaptable for use as kindling

  2. 2 :  something that serves to incite or inflame that rhetoric was ready tinder for revolution — Margaret Peters

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Origin and Etymology of tinder

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


TINDER Defined for English Language Learners

tinder

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Definition of tinder for English Language Learners

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


TINDER Defined for Kids

tinder

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noun tin·der \ˈtin-dər\

Definition of tinder for Students

  1. :  material that burns easily and can be used as kindling



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