Definition of kindling in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkindliNG/ /ˈkɪndlɪŋ/

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  • 1Easily combustible small sticks or twigs used for starting a fire.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘They scrounged for pine cones for the fires, and both became adept at chopping kindling.’
    • ‘There was a small stack of dry wood and kindling in the cave.’
    • ‘Why don't you go get some kindling from the storeroom so we can start the fire?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She found food, fire wood, kindling, bandages, and whisky, everything she needed.’
    • ‘David leaned over and kicked more kindling onto the fire, which was burning a bit too low for comfort.’
    • ‘I bought diesel, petrol, meths, engine oil, kindling and even a light sprinkling of gunpowder.’
    • ‘From the ceiling hung a metal pan on which pine kindling once lent light and fragrance.’
    • ‘Madala, Dixira, Cleo and five other warriors were handed coarse wool sheets and kindling for a fire.’
    • ‘Place smaller wood, kindling and paper on top of this load and light from the top!’
    • ‘He looked back down, gritted his teeth, and continued to chop wood into kindling.’
    • ‘A couch and single-place chair made from leather cushions supported in wooden frames sat before a fireplace with logs and kindling already laid.’
    • ‘Her nephew approached, holding a cooking pot with herbs littered inside it, a pestle and mortar, a ladle, bowl and kindling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2(in neurology) a process by which a seizure or other brain event is both initiated and its recurrence made more likely.

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