(transitive) To start (a fire) or light (a torch, a match, coals, etc.).
A young cat, especially before sexual maturity (reached at about seven months).
To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc).
‘He kindled an enthusiasm for the project in his fellow workers.’;
A young rabbit, rat, hedgehog, squirrel, fox, beaver, badger, etc.
To begin to grow or take hold.
To give birth to kittens.
To bring forth young; to give birth.
A young cat.
A group of kittens.
‘A kindle of kittens.’;
To bring forth young, as a cat; to bring forth, as kittens.
(of an animal) pregnant
young domestic cat
To bring forth young.
‘The poor beast had but lately kindled.’;
‘our cat kittened again this year’;
To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings.
‘His breath kindleth coals.’;
A kitten is a juvenile cat. After being born, kittens display primary altriciality and are totally dependent on their mother for survival.
Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame.
‘So is a contentious man to kindle strife.’; ‘Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither.’; ‘Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.’; ‘Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.’;
To take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame.
‘When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.’;
To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated.
‘On all occasions where forbearance might be called for, the Briton kindles, and the Christian gives way.’;
‘The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles’;
cause to start burning;
‘The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds’;
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses);
‘arouse pity’; ‘raise a smile’; ‘evoke sympathy’;