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 Sanchez is a firm believer in cooking his pizzas over a bed of mesquite charcoal. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to grill your own pizzas at home," 4 May 2020 Inside the tunnel, near a second entrance, is a thin black band along the wall, a line of charcoal from what was probably a fire. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 Inside the tunnel, near a second entrance, is a thin black band along the wall, a line of charcoal from what was probably a fire. Madeline Ostrander, Wired, "Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone," 2 May 2020 Fragments of charcoal from inside the circle, along with samples of mammoth bone and ivory, radiocarbon-dated to around 20,000 years ago, during the coldest stage of the Last Glacial Maximum. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People built bone circles at the edge of ice sheets, and we don’t know why," 23 Mar. 2020 The combination of high-temperature charcoal and forced hot air will create embers hot enough to heat-treat your blade. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Survival Knife Out of Stuff You Already Have in Your Garage," 26 Feb. 2020 Hoagland for Ohio bought $220 of charcoal from Lowe’s for a late-September fundraiser, also spending nearly $300 to rent chairs for the event. cleveland, "Helium, honey, hair products: Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses," 6 Feb. 2020 As the summer excavations progressed, the team sent samples of charcoal from hearths and animal bones to researchers at Oxford University for dating. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Idaho Site Shows Humans Were in North America 16,000 Years Ago," 30 Aug. 2019 His dark torrents of charcoal evoke Goya; his eviscerated bodies, the anatomical studies of Da Vinci and Michelangelo, and Rembrandt’s vivid dissection paintings. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some will be serving dishes for which they’re known; Edward Kim will feature his Mott St.'s Mini-Mott burger, and John Manion (El Che Steakhouse & Bar) will charcoal roast and grill proteins. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "First look: What to know about Time Out Market, opening Thursday in Chicago’s Fulton Market," 20 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of charcoal was in the 14th century

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2 Jun 2020

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“Charcoal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charcoal. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for charcoal

charcoal

noun
How to pronounce charcoal (audio)

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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