tinder


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tin·der

 (tĭn′dər)
n.
Readily combustible material, such as dry twigs, used to kindle fires.

[Middle English, from Old English tynder.]

tinder

(ˈtɪndə)
n
1. (Forestry) dry wood or other easily combustible material used for lighting a fire
2. anything inflammatory or dangerous: his speech was tinder to the demonstrators' unrest.
[Old English tynder; related to Old Norse tundr, Old High German zuntara]
ˈtindery adj

tin•der

(ˈtɪn dər)

n.
1. a highly flammable material formerly used for starting a fire by catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together.
2. any dry, easily ignitable substance.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English tynder; akin to Old High German zuntara, Old Norse tundr tinder, Old High German zunten to kindle, Gothic tundnan to burn]
tin′der•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinder - material for starting a firetinder - material for starting a fire  
igniter, ignitor, lighter - a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
Translations
troud
sytyketaula

tinder

[ˈtɪndəʳ] N (lit, fig) → yesca f
to burn like tinderarder como la yesca

tinder

nZunder m

tinder

[ˈtɪndəʳ] nesca
References in classic literature ?
But all at once it flashed across him that there was a little end of tinder in the tinder-box, which he had taken from the hollow tree into which the Witch had helped him down.
From a small bag of twisted coconut hanging from his neck upon his withered and sunken chest, he drew out flint and steel and tinder, and, even while the impatient steward was proffering him a box of matches, struck a spark, caught it in the tinder, blew it into strength and quantity, and lighted his pipe from it.
There, caressing as he pretended, the animal with his hand, he put this bit of burning tinder in his ear.
When the flame of the sulphur splinters kindled by the tinder burned up, first blue and then red, Shcherbinin lit the tallow candle, from the candlestick of which the cockroaches that had been gnawing it were running away, and looked at the messenger.
I knew nothing until I knew that we were on the floor by the great table, and that patches of tinder yet alight were floating in the smoky air, which, a moment ago, had been her faded bridal dress.
But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment.
A few small coins, a thimble, and some thread and big needles, a piece of pigtail tobacco bitten away at the end, his gully with the crooked handle, a pocket compass, and a tinder box were all that they contained, and I began to despair.
She is not, I must acknowledge, like certain people of my acquaintance, a bundle of tinder to take fire at every spark that approaches, but she loves all she should love, and I fear she loves one too well that she should not love.
One of the fishermen struck light from a stone, set fire to some tinder, and by the aid of a match lit a lantern.
The impatient priest grumbled and switched the torch from one hand to the other at the same time holding it closer to the tinder at the base of the pyre.
After a time a thin smoke rose from the little mass of tinder, and a moment later the whole broke into flame.
But Korak did not wince even after they had fetched a brand and the flames had shot up among the dry tinder.