tinder

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English tynder,[1] from tind. Compare to Swedish tända (to light, to set on fire), German zünden, Dutch tonder.

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tinder (uncountable)

  1. small dry sticks and finely-divided fibrous matter etc., used to help light a fire.

Usage notes[edit]

Tinder refers to the first stage of building a fire: sparks light tinder, which then lights kindling, which then lights the main fire.

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Verb[edit]

tinder (third-person singular simple present tinders, present participle tindering, simple past and past participle tindered)

  1. (transitive) To set fire to; torch.
    • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
      Is heaven a murderer when its lightning strikes a would-be murderer in his bed, tindering sheets and skin together?

References[edit]

  1. ^ tinder” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).