the carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic substances in the absence of air.
a drawing pencil of charcoal.
a drawing made with charcoal.
to blacken, write, or draw with charcoal.
to cook (food) over charcoal, especially on a grill.
to cook food over charcoal, especially on a grill.
- charcoaly, adjective
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How to use charcoal in a sentence
Over time, odors and their accompanying residues can collect in rugs and on furniture, so looking for activated carbon or charcoal is an important consideration if you’re a smoker or a pet owner.Best air purifier: Fight allergens, smoke, and germs for cleaner indoor air | PopSci Commerce Team | December 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
The interior of the 171-meter-long lava tube was covered with charcoal deposits concentrated around what was once a roughly 1,000-square-meter block of ice.Ancient people may have survived desert droughts by melting ice in lava tubes | Rachel Fritts | December 8, 2020 | Science News
Clorox managed to reinvigorate its grilling business with relatively simple changes, including introducing wood pellets for grills and offering charcoal that lights faster.How Clorox’s new CEO plans to turn disinfectant wipes into future wins | Phil Wahba | October 21, 2020 | Fortune
Dante West Village is a seafood-driven restaurant, focused around a wood-fired grill and charcoal oven.What it’s like to open a new restaurant during a pandemic | Rachel King | October 7, 2020 | Fortune
However, there was also plenty of charcoal buried in the sediments, which forms when woody matter is burned.An asteroid didn’t kill the dinosaurs by itself. Earth helped. | Kate Baggaley | September 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
As for the claims that activated charcoal will help purify your body from toxins?
But not all health care providers agree that charcoal should be used outside of a medical setting.
Anything in your gut sticks to the surface of charcoal like a magnet and gets carried out through a bowel movement.
Some natural health practitioners also say activated charcoal can be useful to treat minor digestive issues.
It was dark, dank, the walls charcoal-colored, the feeling of a cave.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple | Michael Luongo | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Approaching a native hut to ask for a piece of charcoal wherewith to light a cigar, he happened to look inside.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Aconite … night boat … sea sick … emetics … exhaustion … stimulants … hard drinking … spontaneous combustion … animal charcoal.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
For twenty minutes his hand never falters, then the charcoal drops from his nerveless fingers!Uncanny Tales | Various
As in a trance he crosses the room, seizes charcoal, and feverishly works at the blank canvas on the easel.Uncanny Tales | Various
I pointed through the woods to a bit of clearing made by a charcoal burner.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for charcoal
a black amorphous form of carbon made by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air: used as a fuel, in smelting metal ores, in explosives, and as an absorbent: See activated carbon
a stick or pencil of this for drawing
a drawing done in charcoal
short for charcoal grey
(tr) to write, draw, or blacken with charcoal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for charcoal
A black porous form of carbon produced by heating wood or bone in little or no air. Charcoal is used as a fuel, for drawing, and in air and water filters.
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