cinder [sin-der] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a partially or mostly burned piece of coal, wood, etc. cinders,

  1. any residue of combustion; ashes.
  2. Geology.coarse scoriae erupted by volcanoes.

a live, flameless coal; ember. Metallurgy.

  1. slag1(def 1).
  2. a mixture of ashes and slag.

SEE MORESEE LESS 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 ashesRelated formscin·der·y, cin·der·ous, adjectivecin·der·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for cindery Contemporary Examples of cindery

  • AA, pronounced “ah-aah,” is cindery lava, the word’s from Hawaii but you may find some in Java.

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  • Historical Examples of cindery

  • The sky was dull and leaden, and cindery flakes of snow were thinly falling.

    Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood

    George MacDonald

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

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

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

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    William Bisiker

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

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    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 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 Formscindery, adjectiveWord Origin for cinder Old English sinder; related to Old Norse sindr, Old High German sintar, Old Slavonic sedra stalactite Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 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.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper Idioms and Phrases with cindery cinder

    see burned to a cinder.

    The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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