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To light a fire

Light \Light\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lighted (l[imac]t"[e^]d) or Lit (l[i^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.] [AS. l[=y]htan, l[=i]htan, to shine. [root]122. See Light, n.]

  1. To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up.

    If a thousand candles be all lighted from one.

    And the largest lamp is lit.

    Absence might cure it, or a second mistress Light up another flame, and put out this.

  2. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up.

    Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn To light the dead.

    One hundred years ago, to have lit this theater as brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds.
    --F. Harrison.

    The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply His absent beams, has lighted up the sky.

  3. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.

    His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.

    To light a fire, to kindle the material of a fire.

Usage examples of "to light a fire".

Missy accepted, hoping to light a fire under Bony, but she only managed to push him farther away.

Her way of giving was to push the people she cared about, to light a fire under them.

He and Herilak ate the dried meat, not wanting to light a fire so close to the city.

Katz tried to light a fire, but everything was so wet that it wouldn't burn.

Raif made her sit as he broke down a chair with his booted feet then tore a mangy sheepskin rug into strips to light a fire.

Until one of the servingmen knelt to light a fire in the hearth, Terisa didn't realize that the air was turning cooler.