Definition of kindling in English:



  • 1Small sticks or twigs used for lighting fires.

    • ‘I bought diesel, petrol, meths, engine oil, kindling and even a light sprinkling of gunpowder.’
    • ‘Each Monday morning he would rise half an hour early, winter and summer, make his way across the cobbled yard and carry with him a handful of kindling, a box of burnable rubbish and a bucketful of slack coal.’
    • ‘There was a small stack of dry wood and kindling in the cave.’
    • ‘Place smaller wood, kindling and paper on top of this load and light from the top!’
    • ‘For those who don't know, a hatchet is a small axe, used mostly for cutting larger chunks of wood into kindling, or more rarely, in hatchet throwing contests at small county fares.’
    • ‘He looked back down, gritted his teeth, and continued to chop wood into kindling.’
    • ‘Her nephew approached, holding a cooking pot with herbs littered inside it, a pestle and mortar, a ladle, bowl and kindling.’
    • ‘She found food, fire wood, kindling, bandages, and whisky, everything she needed.’
    • ‘My mother's favourite kindling is pinecones, and I've often gone out to collect them.’
    • ‘While they were collecting the pine cones, Erik was gather kindling and fire wood for that evening, making sure to only use wood from fallen branches and logs.’
    • ‘From the ceiling hung a metal pan on which pine kindling once lent light and fragrance.’
    • ‘David leaned over and kicked more kindling onto the fire, which was burning a bit too low for comfort.’
    • ‘Madala, Dixira, Cleo and five other warriors were handed coarse wool sheets and kindling for a fire.’
    • ‘A couch and single-place chair made from leather cushions supported in wooden frames sat before a fireplace with logs and kindling already laid.’
    • ‘In the forest there is no shortage of kindling, sticks, short logs or anything else needed to kindle a vigorous campfire and keep it burning effortlessly.’
    • ‘Why don't you go get some kindling from the storeroom so we can start the fire?’
    • ‘They scrounged for pine cones for the fires, and both became adept at chopping kindling.’
    • ‘A moment passed, and Hargrove, the Hudson prospector of middle-age gathered an armful of cherry kindling after he had brushed away the embers.’
    • ‘At least four 15-year-old bushes were completely smashed to the ground, the canes splintered into kindling.’
    • ‘I went back to the park to get more kindling and some straight sticks for building the reciprocating drill.’
    firewood, wood, kindling, logs
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  • 2(in neurology) a process by which a seizure or other brain event is both initiated and its recurrence made more likely.

    • ‘Therefore, the precise role of the hippocampus in amygdala kindling is still to be resolved.’
    • ‘These studies comprise two general lines of inquiry that include studies of the phenomena of long-term potentiation and kindling.’
    • ‘This is consistent with the results showing that variations in post-surgical delay have no effect on the subsequent rate of kindling.’
    • ‘Although the significance of kindling in alcohol withdrawal is debated, this phenomenon may be important in the selection of medications to treat withdrawal.’
    • ‘A special case of neural sensitization is limbic kindling, which is an animal model for temporal lobe epilepsy.’
    initiation, incitement, provocation, stirring up, whipping up, kindling, fuelling, fomentation, encouragement, inducement
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