"kindling" in the noun sense
1. kindling, tinder, touchwood, spunk, punk
material for starting a fire
2. ignition, firing, lighting, kindling, inflammation
the act of setting something on fire
"kindling" in the verb sense
1. kindle, inflame
"The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"
2. kindle, enkindle, conflagrate, inflame
cause to start burning
"The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
3. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses
"raise a smile"
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