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cinder

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noun cin·der \ˈsin-dər\

Simple Definition of cinder

  • : a very small piece of burned material (such as wood or coal)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cinder

  1. 1 :  the slag from a metal furnace :  dross

  2. 2 a plural :  ashes b :  a fragment of ash

  3. 3 a :  a partly burned combustible in which fire is extinct b :  a hot coal without flame c :  a partly burned coal capable of further burning without flame

  4. 4 :  a fragment of lava from an erupting volcano

cindery play \-d(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of cinder in a sentence

  1. Cinders from the campfire floated through the air.



Origin of cinder

Middle English sinder, from Old English; akin to Old High German sintar dross, slag, Serbian & Croatian sedra calcium carbonate


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with cinder



CINDER Defined for Kids

cinder

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noun cin·der \ˈsin-dər\

Definition of cinder for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of partly burned coal or wood that is not burning

  2. 2 :  ember

  3. 3 cinders plural :  2ash 1





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