Kindle: Definition

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From Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: kin·dle

Pronunciation: \ˈkin-dəl\

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, probably modification of Old Norse kynda; akin to Old High German cuntesal fire

Date: 13th century

Definition (1): transitive verb: to start (a fire) burning : light

The temperature at which books kindle: Fahrenheit 451

Definition (2): noun: Amazon.com’s Wireless Reading Device


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