- any residue of combustion; ashes.
- Geology.coarse scoriae erupted by volcanoes.
- slag1(def 1).
- a mixture of ashes and slag.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- cinco de mayo,
- cinder block,
- cinder concrete,
- cinder cone,
- cinder patch,
- cinder track
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.
At that moment, three or four shots rang out almost simultaneously, echoing throughout the cinder block building.
Then, tons of cinders had been dumped into the Cinder Pond and into the lake, on either side of the wharf; filling in the corners.The Cinder Pond|Carroll Watson Rankin
One gentleman dreamed that his house was in flames, and that he was gradually being consumed to a cinder.Sleep and Its Derangements|William A. Hammond
Tish came back with a cinder in her eye and full of enthusiasm.Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Italian went in at once with the pick, and loosened a mass of cinder near one of the rails.Steel|Charles Rumford Walker
And I must say for him that he is not one of those who think of the Alps as no more than a cinder track to try one's endurance.A Tramp's Notebook|Morley Roberts
Word Origin 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.
see burned to a cinder.