Definition of ignite :
1. To kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood.
2. To subject to the action of intense heat; to heat strongly; - often said of incombustible or infusible substances; as, to ignite iron or platinum.
3. To take fire; to begin to burn.
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ignite (part of speech: verb)
- This was the spark that was needed to ignite the electrically charged air. - "The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life", Charles Klein.
- When satisfied of this, she put out her lamp, took up the furnace, and, though it was still hot from recent use, placed one hand over the draft, that the fire might not ignite too rapidly, and crept out of the cellar. - "Mabel's Mistake", Ann S. Stephens.
- The phosphorus and other substances on the tip of a match ignite readily. - "School and Home Cooking", Carlotta C. Greer.