- 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 cinders
I was determined for this to happen, but his mother thwarted my efforts and had him burnt to cinders in the US instead.Sid Didn't Kill Nancy
February 4, 2009
At the lower end it was black and hard and broken like cinders.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
Been high and low, on the chance of finding some hope of saving any cinders from the fire.Little Dorrit
Before the stove the cinders of the previous winter still lay in a heap.His Masterpiece
At length the stew began to simmer on a fire covered with cinders.L'Assommoir
We are like travellers using the cinders of a volcano to roast their eggs.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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 cinders
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 cinders
see burned to a cinder.