- a partially or mostly burned piece of coal, wood, etc.
- any residue of combustion; ashes.
- Geology.coarse scoriae erupted by volcanoes.
- a live, flameless coal; ember.
- slag1(def 1).
- a mixture of ashes and slag.
- to spread cinders on: The highway department salted and cindered the icy roads.
- Archaic. to reduce to cinders.
- to spread cinders on a surface, as a road or sidewalk: My neighbor began cindering as soon as the first snowflake fell.
Origin of cinder
Examples from the Web for cinder
The story opens with an appearance from the Brothers Grimm, asking an elderly woman to verify the story of a cinder girl.12 Sexed-Up Fairy Tales
March 8, 2011
At that moment, three or four shots rang out almost simultaneously, echoing throughout the cinder block building.Eyewitness to the Firing Squad
April 25, 2010
It crisped the poor fellow to a cinder, and sheared the head of my comrade clean off.
"I'll see you dogs burned to a cinder in the sun first," he growled.
What's to be done, then, if a man be drowned at sea, or burned to a cinder in a lime-kiln?A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
His mouth was as dry as a cinder, and his face was wet with perspiration—and tears.Tales of Unrest
"It's been a coal day when you're left," said the kindling-wood to the cinder.The New Pun Book
Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
- a piece of incombustible material left after the combustion of coal, coke, etc; clinker
- a piece of charred material that burns without flames; ember
- Also called: sinter any solid waste from smelting or refining
- (plural) fragments of volcanic lava; scoriae
- (tr) rare to burn to cinders
Word Origin and History for cinder
Old English sinder "dross of iron, slag," from Proto-Germanic *sendra- "slag" (cf. Old Saxon sinder "slag, dross," Old Norse sindr, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch sinder, Dutch sintel, Old High German sintar, German Sinter), from PIE root *sendhro- "coagulating fluid" (cf. Old Church Slavonic sedra "cinder").
Initial s- changed to c- under influence of unrelated French cendre "ashes," from Latin cinerem (nominative cinis) "ashes," from or related to Greek konis "dust" (see incinerate). The French word also apparently shifted the sense of the English one to "small piece of burnt coal" (16c.). Volcanic cinder cone is recorded from 1849.
Idioms and Phrases with cinder
see burned to a cinder.