Ignite Ig*nite" ([i^]g*n[imac]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ignited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Igniting}.] [L. ignitus, p. p. of ignire to ignite, fr. ignis fire. See {Igneous}.] 1. To kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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