Word of the Day: Kindling


kin-dling /  kind-lĭng


1. material that is easily combustible and used to start a fire

Within the heart of every person exists the flame of wisdom that transforms all suffering into kindling for the fire of creative energy.

Daisaku Ikeda, 1928 –

2. the act of building and igniting a fire

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

Socrates, c 470 BC –399 BC


1. present participle of the verb kindle

The doctor now interposed, and prevented the effects of a wrath which was kindling between Jones and Thwackum.

From “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” by Henry Fielding, 1707 – 1754