Ig·nite v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ignited p. pr. & vb. n. Igniting.]
1. To kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood.
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.
Ig·nite, v. i. To take fire; to begin to burn.
v 1: cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat;
"Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a
cigarette" [syn: light] [ant: snuff out]
2: start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited
suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn: erupt,
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, heat, fire up]