Definitions for tinderboxˈtɪn dərˌbɒks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tin•der•boxˈtɪn dərˌbɒks(n.)

  1. a box for holding tinder, usu. fitted with a flint and steel.

  2. a person or thing that is highly volatile; any potential source of violence.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tinderbox(noun)

    a dangerous state of affairs; a situation that is a potential source of violence

    "the Balkans are the tinderbox of Europe"

  2. tinderbox(noun)

    a box for holding tinder


  1. tinderbox(Noun)

    A small container containing flint, steel, and tinder (dry, finely-divided fibrous matter), once used to help kindle a fire.

  2. tinderbox(Noun)

    a place that is so dry and hot that there is danger of fire.

  3. tinderbox(Noun)

    a potentially dangerous situation.


  1. Tinderbox

    A tinderbox is a small container containing flint, firesteel, and tinder, used together to help kindle a fire. Tinderboxes fell out of general usage when matches were invented.


  1. TinderBox

    TinderBox is a web-based application that makes it easy for individuals and teams to create, manage, deliver, and track interactive business proposals, contracts, and collateral. TinderBox’s web-based software can be customized to automate the time consuming, error prone steps in creating highly engaging proposals and other business documents.


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