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4 definitions found
 for ignite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ignite \Ig*nite"\, v. i.
     To take fire; to begin to burn.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ignite \Ig*nite"\ ([i^]g*n[imac]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Ignited; p. pr. & vb. n. Igniting.] [L. ignitus, p. p. of
     ignire to ignite, fr. ignis fire. See Igneous.]
     1. To kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Chem.) To subject to the action of intense heat; to heat
        strongly; -- often said of incombustible or infusible
        substances; as, to ignite iron or platinum.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ignite
      v 1: cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat;
           "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a
           cigarette" [syn: ignite, light] [ant: blow out,
           extinguish, quench, snuff out]
      2: start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited
         suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn:
         erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust,
         conflagrate]
      3: arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way
         of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The
         refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake
         old feelings of hatred" [syn: inflame, stir up, wake,
         ignite, heat, fire up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  29 Moby Thesaurus words for "ignite":
     bank, blaze up, burn, conflagrate, enkindle, fan the flame, feed,
     feed the fire, fire, fire up, flame up, flare up, inflame, kindle,
     light, light up, rekindle, relight, relume, set fire to,
     set on fire, spunk up, stir the fire, stoke, stoke the fire,
     strike a light, take fire, torch, touch off
  
  

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