- 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)
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.
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
The horses pounded the hollow earth; the logs broke and fell upon the cinders; one of the men talked in his sleep.On Canada's Frontier|Julian Ralph
I was nearly buried under the cinders, but Brodsky ran for some men, who dug me out.The Iron Boys in the Steel Mills|James R. Mears
British Dictionary definitions for cinders
Word Origin for cinder
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.