What does ignition mean?

Definitions for ignition
ɪgˈnɪʃ ənig·ni·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignitionnoun

    the process of initiating combustion or catching fire

  2. ignition, ignition systemnoun

    the mechanism that ignites the fuel in an internal-combustion engine

  3. ignition, firing, lighting, kindling, inflammationnoun

    the act of setting something on fire


  1. ignitionnoun

    The act of igniting.

  2. ignitionnoun

    The initiation of combustion.

  3. ignitionnoun

    A system for activating combustion in a combustion engine.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ignitionnoun

    The act of kindling, or of setting on fire.

    Etymology: ignition, French, from ignite.

    The laborant stirred the kindled nitre, that the ignition might be presently communicated. Boyle.

    Those black circular lines we see on dishes, and other turned vessels of wood, are the effects of ignition, by the pressure of an edged stick upon the vessel turned nimbly in the lathe. John Ray.


  1. Ignition

    Ignition (Remix) is a song written and produced by American R&B singer R. Kelly. It was released in 2002 as the lead single from his sixth studio album Chocolate Factory (2003). It is viewed as one of his most well-known songs and has been popular in the United States, Europe and Oceania. "Ignition (Remix)" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks behind 50 Cent's "In Da Club". Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. It was later included on the updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs of all time in 2010 at number 494. The song was listed at #19 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.


  1. ignition

    Ignition refers to the process or action of setting something on fire or the state of being ignited. In terms of vehicles or engines, it is the mechanism that ignites the fuel-air mixture, setting in motion the engine's operation. It is also used to denote the act of starting a combustion process or an instance of it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignitionnoun

    the act of igniting, kindling, or setting on fire

  2. Ignitionnoun

    the state of being ignited or kindled

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. ignition.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ignition

    (Lat. ignis, “fire”). The act of setting fire to, or of taking fire; as opposed to combustion or burning, which is a consequence of ignition. By ignition of gunpowder is understood the setting on fire of a particular point of the charge.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignition in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ignition in a Sentence

  1. Clarence Ditlow:

    GM consumers got a major victory in their ignition switch lawsuits that were previously barred by the U.S. bankruptcy court.

  2. Mike Apicello:

    What people don't realize is while they're setting off fireworks and sparklers in hot, dry heat or wind, that fires can move very quickly, putting their neighborhood directly in threat, look for open, wide spaces to ignite fireworks, and stay away from fire fuels such as grass, which in this type of heat, cure out really fast. And with the high winds, all it takes is an ignition, even in an urban environment. A bottle rocket on a shake roof would ignite a fire very rapidly.

  3. Bud Zaouk:

    Unlike the alcohol ignition interlocks which require you to blow into a devise and are used for convicted drunk drivers, DADSS is a driver assist system that would be seamless, take less than half a second, and use infrared light to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content in the breath or through the fingertips, which is far more reliable.

  4. Stew Mathews:

    The guy jams the keys in the ignition, turns the car on, jams it (into) drive and mashes the accelerator. He wasn't slowly pulling away. (Tensing) feared for his life. He thought he was going to be sucked under the car that was pulling away from him. He thought he was going to get sucked under and killed.

  5. Denis Watley:

    If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.

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