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ash

noun \ ˈash \

Definition of ash

1 :any of a genus (Fraxinus) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets
2 :the tough elastic wood of an ash
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[Old English æsc, name of the corresponding runic letter]
:the ligature æ used in Old English and some phonetic alphabets to represent a low front vowel \a\

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Origin and Etymology of ash

Middle English asshe, from Old English æsc; akin to Old High German ask ash, Latin ornus mountain ash


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ash

noun, often attributive

Definition of ash

1 :something that symbolizes grief, repentance, or humiliation
2 a :the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means
b :fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent
3 ashes plural :the remains of the dead human body after cremation or disintegration
4 ashes plural :deathly pallor
  • the lip of ashes and the cheek of flame
  • —Lord Byron
5 ashes plural :ruins

ashless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of ash

Middle English asshe, from Old English asce — more at arid


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ash

verb

Definition of ash

transitive verb
:to convert into ash

First Known Use of ash

circa 1894



ASH Defined for Kids

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ash

noun \ ˈash \

Definition of ash for Students

:a tree that has winged seeds, bark with grooves, and hard strong wood

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ash

noun

Definition of ash for Students

1 :the solid matter left when something is completely burned
  • cigarette ashes
  • Wind blew the ash left by our campfire.
2 ashes plural :the last remains of the dead human body

Medical Dictionary

ash

noun, often attributive \ ˈash \

medical Definition of ash

1 :the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means
2 ashes plural :the remains of the dead human body after cremation or disintegration


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