charcoal

noun
char·​coal | \ ˈchär-ˌkōl How to pronounce charcoal (audio) \

Definition of charcoal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dark or black porous carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances (as from wood by charring in a kiln from which air is excluded)
2a : a piece or pencil of fine charcoal used in drawing
b : a charcoal drawing
3 : a dark gray

charcoal

verb
charcoaled; charcoaling; charcoals

Definition of charcoal (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of charcoal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The apartment is immaculate—done up in charcoal and silver, with gilded accents and a tasteful smatter of lucite. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Fireplace charcoal dissolved in warm milk was a prebinge preventative in Victorian London. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 2018 The charcoal in the lake sediments is most likely the residue of those fires. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 Supposedly, the charcoal kicks off a process called adsorption that's said to help remove stains from teeth naturally. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Here are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 11 July 2018 Add the charcoal to the upper chamber and light the paper. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018 Carbon is the fuel in a fire — much like the charcoal in your grill, or the carbon-rich hardwood in your fireplace. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "How the harrowing Thomas Fire planted the seed for California’s deadly mudslides," 10 Jan. 2018 Across the gallery, artist Andy Jordan is completing his live charcoal drawing; a piece he's been working on throughout the night. Shauna Stuart, AL.com, "Vibes and Virtues: Five hours in artist Carey Fountain's America," 21 July 2017 Higher prices for Kingsford charcoal and Burt’s Bees products went into effect in December and February, respectively. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Prepare to Pay More for Diapers, Clorox and Cat Litter," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bruce Gilbert Miami Herald File All that remained in the rubble was a charcoaled safe that contained some of the company’s accounts receivable and payable records. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "The family businessman who helped grow Norton Tire into a national symbol," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of charcoal

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charcoal

Noun

Middle English charcole

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charcoal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of charcoal

: a hard black material that is made by burning wood with a small amount of air
: a dark gray color

charcoal

noun
char·​coal | \ ˈchär-ˌkōl How to pronounce charcoal (audio) \

Kids Definition of charcoal

: a black or dark absorbent fuel made by heating wood in the absence of air

charcoal

noun
char·​coal | \ ˈchär-ˌkōl How to pronounce charcoal (audio) \

Medical Definition of charcoal

: a dark or black porous carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances (as from wood by charring in a kiln from which air is excluded) — see activated charcoal

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