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v. ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing, ig·nites
a. To cause to burn: The spark plug ignites the fuel.
b. To set fire to: faulty wiring ignited the attic.
a. To arouse the passions of; excite: The insults ignited my anger.
b. To bring about or provoke suddenly; stir up: The news report ignited a controversy.
To begin to burn: had trouble getting the wet tinder to ignite.

[Late Latin ignīre, ignīt-, from Latin ignis, fire.]

ig·nit′a·ble, ig·nit′i·ble adj.
ig·nit′er, ig·ni′tor n.


1. a person or thing that ignites
2. a fuse to fire explosive charges
3. (Automotive Engineering) an electrical device for lighting a gas turbine
4. (Electronics) a subsidiary electrode in an ignitron
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.igniter - a substance used to ignite or kindle a fireigniter - a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
firelighter - (a piece of) a substance that burns easily and can be used to start a coal or coke fire
fuel - a substance that can be consumed to produce energy; "more fuel is needed during the winter months"; "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"
kindling, spunk, tinder, touchwood, punk - material for starting a fire
punk - substance that smolders when ignited; used to light fuses (especially fireworks)
2.igniter - a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"
cigar lighter, cigarette lighter, pocket lighter - a lighter for cigars or cigarettes
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
fuze, fuse, primer, priming, fuzee, fusee - any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
friction match, match, lucifer - lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe"; "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
match - a burning piece of wood or cardboard; "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
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I reopened the dryer, checked all the electrical connections and the igniter position, but I just couldn't find the problem.