cinder

noun

cin·​der ˈsin-dər How to pronounce cinder (audio)
1
: the slag from a metal furnace : dross
2
a
cinders plural : ashes
b
: a fragment of ash
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
: a fragment of lava from an erupting volcano
cindery adjective

Examples of cinder in a Sentence

Cinders from the campfire floated through the air.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinder was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cinder. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cinder

noun
cin·​der ˈsin-dər How to pronounce cinder (audio)
1
: slag
2
a
: a piece of partly burned coal or wood
b
: a hot coal without flame
3
: a piece of lava from an erupting volcano
cindery adjective

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