1. To kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood.

2. <chemistry> To subject to the action of intense heat; to heat strongly; often said of incombustible or infusible substances; as, to ignite iron or platinum.

Origin: L. Ignitus, p.p. Of ignire to ignite, fr. Ignis fire. See Igneous.

(01 Mar 1998)

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