cin·​der | \ ˈsin-dər How to pronounce cinder (audio) \

Definition of cinder

1 : the slag from a metal furnace : dross
2a cinders plural : ashes
b : a fragment of ash
3a : 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

Other Words from cinder

cindery \ ˈsin-​d(ə-​)rē How to pronounce cinder (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cinder in a Sentence

Cinders from the campfire floated through the air.
Recent Examples on the Web Outside a small two-story home, Russian soldiers had constructed a makeshift checkpoint from pallets, cinder blocks, and empty ammunition boxes. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Now, Lincoln Street has a handful of homes, the low-slung cinder-block town hall, two churches and just one storefront, Bates Barbecue. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 On a recent afternoon, Soares and two other pastors drove through the narrow alleys of the sprawling Complexo do Alemao slum, winding past cinder-block homes riddled with bullet holes. Ana Ionova, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 More than 65,000 people are estimated to live in Los Laureles Canyon, an unpermitted neighborhood of pink, orange and teal homes, many of which are built out of garage doors and cinder blocks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The park was formed, in part, by nearby cinder cones that erupted from around 1.4 million years ago to as recently as 27,000 years ago, according to the park’s website. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 There is one oak whose trunk has grown around cinder blocks. Imani Perry, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Baghdadi’s dramatic end occurred just 15 miles from the three-story cinder-block house in the farming community of Atma, Syria, that became Qurayshi’s headquarters and final residence. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Residents interviewed by local news outlets said the helicopters hovered for a time over a gray, cinder-block two-story building with a basement level. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cinder

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

History and Etymology for cinder

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

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8 May 2022

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cin·​der | \ ˈsin-dər How to pronounce cinder (audio) \

Kids Definition of cinder

1 : a piece of partly burned coal or wood that is not burning
2 : ember
3 cinders plural : ash entry 2 sense 1

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