- 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 cinderous
Historical Examples of cinderous
A worthy companion portrait to that of cinderous Mr. Toodles, the stoker, familiar to the readers of Dombey.Charles Dickens as a Reader
- 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 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.