Definition of kindling in English:


Line breaks: kind|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪndlɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1Small sticks or twigs used for lighting fires.
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    • In the forest there is no shortage of kindling, sticks, short logs or anything else needed to kindle a vigorous campfire and keep it burning effortlessly.
    • They scrounged for pine cones for the fires, and both became adept at chopping kindling.
    • There was a small stack of dry wood and kindling in the cave.
  • 2(In neurology) a process by which a seizure or other brain event is both initiated and its recurrence made more likely.
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    • Although the significance of kindling in alcohol withdrawal is debated, this phenomenon may be important in the selection of medications to treat withdrawal.
    • This is consistent with the results showing that variations in post-surgical delay have no effect on the subsequent rate of kindling.
    • These studies comprise two general lines of inquiry that include studies of the phenomena of long-term potentiation and kindling.

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