- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cinders
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
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.