small dry sticks and finely-divided fibrous matter etc., used to help light a fire.
Tinder refers to the first stage of building a fire: sparks light tinder, which then lights kindling, which then lights the main fire.
* tinder box, tinderbox
To set fire to; torch.
* Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
- Is heaven a murderer when its lightning strikes a would-be murderer in his bed, tindering sheets and skin together?