- 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 cindery
AA, pronounced “ah-aah,” is cindery lava, the word's from Hawaii but you may find some in Java.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words
April 13, 2013
The sky was dull and leaden, and cindery flakes of snow were thinly falling.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
There were also the bodies of hunters smoking inside their cindery shirts.The Scalp Hunters
The cindery tuff of these remains has weathered into very fantastic shapes.Across Iceland
The damp, yellow-brick schoolbuilding in its cindery grounds.Main Street
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
- 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 cindery
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 cindery
see burned to a cinder.