What does kindle mean?

Definitions for kindle
ˈkɪn dlkin·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kindle, inflameverb

    catch fire

    "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"

  2. kindle, enkindle, conflagrate, inflameverb

    cause to start burning

    "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"

  3. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provokeverb

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"


  1. kindlenoun

    A collective term for a group of kittens.

    A kindle of kittens.

  2. kindleverb

    To start (a fire) or light (a torch).

    Please kindle a fire in the barbecue.

  3. kindleverb

    To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc).

    He kindled an enthusiasm for the project in his fellow workers.

  4. Etymology: From kynda

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Kindleverb

    He will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it and baketh bread. Is. xliv. 15.

    I was not forgetful of those sparks, which some mens distempers formerly studied to kindle in parliaments. Charles I .

    If the fire burns vigorously, it is no matter by what means it was at first kindled: there is the same force and the same refreshing virtue in it, kindled by a spark from a flint, as if it were kindled from the sun. Robert South, Sermons.

    I’ve been to you a true and humble wife;
    At all times to your will conformable:
    Ever in fear to kindle your dislike. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He hath kindled his wrath against me, and counteth me as one of his enemies. Job xix. 11.

    Thus one by one kindling each other’s fire,
    ’Till all inflam’d, they all in one agree. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.

    Each was a cause alone, and all combin’d
    To kindle vengeance in her haughty mind. Dryden.

  2. To KINDLEverb

    Etymology: cinnu, Welsh; cyndelan, Saxon.

    When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Is. xliii. 2.

    Are you native of this place?
    —— As the coney that you see dwells where she is kindled. William Shakespeare.


  1. kindle

    Kindle is a verb that means to set on fire or ignite; to inspire or arouse emotions, excitement or passion; to start or stir up. Kindle can also refer to the popular Amazon device for reading e-books.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kindle

    to bring forth young

  2. Kindleverb

    to set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings

  3. Kindleverb

    fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame

  4. Kindleverb

    to take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame

  5. Kindleverb

    fig.: To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated

  6. Etymology: [OE. kindlen, cundlen. See Kind.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kindle

    kin′dl, v.t. to set fire to: to light: to inflame, as the passions: to provoke: to excite to action.—v.i. to take fire: to begin to be excited: to be roused.—ns. Kin′dler; Kin′dling, the act of causing to burn: the materials for commencing a fire. [Ice. kyndyll, a torch—L. candela, candle.]

  2. Kindle

    kin′dl, v.t. (Shak.) to bring forth (young). [M. E. kindlenkinde, kind.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. kindle

    In a military sense, to kindle is to excite to arms; to excite military ardor.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kindle is ranked #8065 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kindle surname appeared 4,109 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Kindle.

    67.3% or 2,766 total occurrences were White.
    23.9% or 985 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 125 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 114 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.3% or 98 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for kindle »

  1. delink

  2. kilned

  3. linked

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of kindle in a Sentence

  1. Gustavo Diaz:

    I’ve done more with a Blackberry and Kindle than any soldier can do from inside Venezuela.

  2. Igor Stravinski:

    Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.

  3. Karen Delgado:

    I’ve had this crossbody for years, and it’s made specifically for travel, it has a spot for my passport, Kindle, a leash for my keys and several zipper compartments to keep things safe and secure. When traveling solo, I try to only use crossbody bags and make sure they have either multiple compartments or some sort of ‘ lock ’ to keep my personal belongings safe as I explore. This one from Lo Sons fits the bill perfectly.

  4. Carl Jung:

    As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

  5. Frederick William Robertson:

    The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.

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  • Mike De La Cruz
    Mike De La Cruz
    I don't mean to be a STINKER but.... the VAST majority of Kindle authors don't make ANY money.

    The "median" figures you hear about Kindle authors clocking $154,000 has to be viewed in CONTEXT... that's SURVIVOR BIAS... You only hear about the 'successes' because they're around to tell the tale...

    How about the person who published ten books and then gave up after not making anything?

    I don't mean to be negative... But for what it's worth, successful authors aren't that mysterious when it comes to their success.

    They share several features

    First, they have mailing lists - that's why they give out 99 cent or even FREE novels... it's all about building lists

    Second, they are either super passionate about their niche and just MAKE IT WORK or...

    They focus on targeting HOT niches with big followings and write on THOSE topics

    If they aren't experts, they hire ghostwriters. No, Experienced American GWS aren't all expensive. Well-known American ghostwriters like Gene Eugenio are known to write whole books for 99 bucks. There are a few others like him. The bottom line? Just because you're not an expert in your niche doesn't mean you can't write an expert book.... Just outsource it

    Third, they build a solid author brand - they produce series after series and each book promotes previous books. They write tons of books or publish ghostwitter books. Each becomes an asset that adds value to existing books in the series.

    These aren't secrets. The problem is most authors just don't want to build a publishing system... that's why there is such a big DISPARITY between successful authors and not so successful ones... This doesn't have to be the case.
    LikeReply5 years ago

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