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cinder

[sin-der]
noun
  1. a partially or mostly burned piece of coal, wood, etc.
  2. cinders,
    1. any residue of combustion; ashes.
    2. Geology.coarse scoriae erupted by volcanoes.
  3. a live, flameless coal; ember.
  4. Metallurgy.
    1. slag1(def 1).
    2. a mixture of ashes and slag.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to spread cinders on: The highway department salted and cindered the icy roads.
  2. Archaic. to reduce to cinders.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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 formscin·der·y, cin·der·ous, adjectivecin·der·like, adjective
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  • The sky was dull and leaden, and cindery flakes of snow were thinly falling.

  • There were also the bodies of hunters smoking inside their cindery shirts.

  • The cindery tuff of these remains has weathered into very fantastic shapes.

    Across Iceland

    William Bisiker

  • The damp, yellow-brick schoolbuilding in its cindery grounds.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • She liked the soft blackness of the cindery soil that covered the most sheltered portions of the worn-out dock.

    The Cinder Pond

    Carroll Watson Rankin


British Dictionary definitions for cindery

cinder

noun
  1. a piece of incombustible material left after the combustion of coal, coke, etc; clinker
  2. a piece of charred material that burns without flames; ember
  3. Also called: sinter any solid waste from smelting or refining
  4. (plural) fragments of volcanic lava; scoriae
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verb
  1. (tr) rare to burn to cinders
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Derived Formscindery, adjective

Word Origin

Old English sinder; related to Old Norse sindr, Old High German sintar, Old Slavonic sedra stalactite
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Word Origin and History for cindery

cinder

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cindery

cinder

see burned to a cinder.

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