- deathlike grayness; extreme pallor suggestive of death.
- ruins, especially the residue of something destroyed; remains; vestiges: the ashes of their love; the ashes of the past.
- mortal remains, especially the physical or corporeal body as liable to decay.
- anything, as an act, gesture, speech, or feeling, that is symbolic of penance, regret, remorse, or the like.
Origin of ash1
Origin of ash2
Examples from the Web for ash
Brash, crass, and sporting a perpetually raised eyebrow, Ash Williams remains the ultimate postmodern superhero.The King of Postmodern Cool Is Reborn in ‘Ash Vs. The Evil Dead’|Nick Schager|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Volcanoes spewed lava and ash, ocean floors were thrust upward, sand and rock and shale settled into slurry.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The company says this produces wood that ignites easier and burns cleaner, with less creosote and ash.
Lava and ash fell for days; the sun was obliterated for three months.
All of us kids would be up and down the alleys looking in the ash cans for the labels.
On Ash Wednesday, the indulgences were promenaded through the town amid satirical songs.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Ash pits near a house carry moisture to walls, Cesspools leak through the soil.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Dillon carefully put the ash from his cigarette into an ashtray.The Invaders|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The landscape became visible, fields of ash stretching out in all directions.Second Variety|Philip Kindred Dick
I was beaten by a putt by the better ball of two of the native golfers, Mr. Ash and Mr. McGreevy.Fifty Years of Golf|Horace G. Hutchinson
Word Origin for ash
Word Origin for ash
n acronym for (in Britain)
"powdery remains of fire," Old English æsce "ash," from Proto-Germanic *askon (cf. Old Norse and Swedish aska, Old High German asca, German asche, Gothic azgo "ashes"), from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Sanskrit asah "ashes, dust," Armenian azazem "I dry up," Greek azein "to dry up, parch," Latin ardus "parched, dry"). Spanish and Portuguese ascua "red-hot coal" are Germanic loan-words.
Symbol of grief or repentance; hence Ash Wednesday (c.1300), from custom introduced by Pope Gregory the Great of sprinkling ashes on the heads of penitents on the first day of Lent. Ashes meaning "mortal remains of a person" is late 13c., in reference to the ancient custom of cremation.
type of tree, Old English æsc "ash tree," also "spear made of ash wood," from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz (cf. Old Norse askr, Old Saxon ask, Middle Dutch esce, German Esche), from PIE root *os- "ash tree" (cf. Armenian haci "ash tree," Albanian ah "beech," Greek oxya "beech," Latin ornus "wild mountain ash," Russian jasen, Lithuanian uosis "ash"). Ash was the preferred wood for spear-shafts, so Old English æsc sometimes meant "spear" (cf. æsc-here "company armed with spears").