tinder

noun
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 That was when a spark from the mower blade striking debris ignited the tinder-dry grass, and a fire sped into the adjacent subdivision, damaging 26 homes, destroying nine of them, Davis said. BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 From the top of the Dune du Pilat — a sprawling white sand dune that is Europe’s tallest and a tourist hot spot that has now been evacuated — smoke could be seen breaking through the tinder-dry forest in dozens of places. New York Times, 19 July 2022 In the Gironde region of southwestern France, ferocious wildfires continued to spread through tinder-dry pines forests, frustrating firefighting efforts by more than 2,000 firefighters and water-bombing planes. The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2022 In the Gironde region of southwestern France, ferocious wildfires continued to spread through tinder-dry pines forests, frustrating firefighting efforts by more than 2,000 firefighters and water-bombing planes. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 Temperatures are predicted to drop slightly this week as the hot air mass moves north, but tinder-dry conditions remain across much of southern Europe. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 18 July 2022 More than 1,500 firefighters and water-bombing planes are trying to douse the flames in the region’s tinder-dry pine forests. Robert Edme And John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2022 This missing year of rainfall contributes to the drought and a tinder-dry environment that is much more prone to wildfire. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Drought and extreme heat, made worse by global warming, play a role by making forests tinder dry and easier to burn. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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1 Aug 2022

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“Tinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinder. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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tinder

noun
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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