My hope was to keep them in, to let them smoulder in their own ashes.
In a moment he had smothered the smoulder, and was beating off the sparks with his ruler.
It was strewn in a zigzag line, was lighted at one end, and allowed to smoulder away to the other.
"Buck up," said Cutty, his blazing wrath dropping to a smoulder.
Here the stars poise and smoulder close to the earth, and the moon is brighter than the sun of hyperborean England.
It may smoulder unobserved, but a breath will fan it into flame!
A twig fell from it as Quest staggered up, and her skirt began to smoulder.
Neither must it be too damp, else it will smoulder and discourage the fire.
The fire was nothing but a smoulder of the carpet, but I was slowly being asphyxiated.
Guillaume told me that he had known fires to smoulder on in grassy glens for weeks together.
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."