from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Readily combustible material, such as dry twigs, used to kindle fires.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. small dry sticks and finely-divided fibrous matter etc., used to help light a fire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something very inflammable, used for kindling fire from a spark, as scorched linen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark or sparks; specifically, a preparation or material used for catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together for fire or light. See spunk, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. material for starting a fire
Middle English, from Old English tynder.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English tynder, from tind. Compare to Swedish tända ("to light, to set on fire"), German zünden. (Wiktionary)