cinder

[ sin-der ]
/ ˈsɪn dər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to spread cinders on: The highway department salted and cindered the icy roads.
Archaic. to reduce to cinders.

verb (used without object)

to spread cinders on a surface, as a road or sidewalk: My neighbor began cindering as soon as the first snowflake fell.

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Origin of cinder

before 900; Middle English synder, Old English sinder slag; cognate with German Sinter, Old Norse sindr; c- (for s-) < French cendre ashes

Related forms

cin·der·y, cin·der·ous, adjectivecin·der·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cinders

cinder

/ (ˈsɪndə) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) rare to burn to cinders

Derived Forms

cindery, adjective

Word Origin for cinder

Old English sinder; related to Old Norse sindr, Old High German sintar, Old Slavonic sedra stalactite
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Idioms and Phrases with cinders

cinder


see burned to a cinder.

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