tinder

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tinder, tunder, tender, tonder, from Old English tynder,[1] from Proto-Germanic *tundrą, *tundrǭ (tinder). Compare Saterland Frisian Tunder (tinder), Dutch tonder (tinder), German zünden (to kindle), Swedish tända (to light, to set on fire). More at tind.

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tinder (uncountable)

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

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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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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, 2001–2017.

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