The embers of guilt over the entire episode are placed deep within Hilly, where it will smolder for the rest of his life.
Nevertheless, it continues to smolder away in Chicago, posing a potential threat to the Obama administration.
Arson…Whole streets of tenements and warehouses abandoned to smolder.
Rob can just sort of stand there and look at something and start to smolder.
When the cooking was finished the logs were drawn back a few inches and the fire went down to coals, but continued to smolder.
There was no longer a smolder in Latisan—it was all a red flame!
It was a brief task to gather the wood and then Ross and Shif'less Sol lighted the fire, which they permitted merely to smolder.
The flame of discontent, nevertheless, continued to smolder.
The stump will burn and smolder to the end of the roots, leaving nothing but ashes.
The decks of the Savissan craft were beginning to smolder, and her arrow fire was weakening.
c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," related to Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen, Flemish smoel "hot," from Proto-Germanic *smel-, *smul-. The intransitive meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1520s, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c. Figurative sense "exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly" is from 1810. Related: Smouldered; smolderingly. Middle English also had a noun smolder meaning "smoky vapor, a stifling smoke."