noun Date: 1612 1. the act or action of igniting: as a. the starting of a fire b. the heating of a plasma to a temperature high enough to sustain nuclear fusion 2. a. the process or means (as an electric spark) of igniting a fuel mixture b. a device that activates an ignition system (as in an automobile) <
put the key in the ignition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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