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

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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 If players miss a study hall, are late to meetings or a fight breaks out in practice, players are punished by walking the Torero Stadium steps early in the morning carrying 45-pound cinder blocks. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National win record on the line for USD football team Saturday," 2 Apr. 2021 The place where one home stood was nothing but cinder blocks and a bald patch of earth. New York Times, "After the Tornadoes, Small Towns Grieve for Lost Lives and Wrecked Homes," 26 Mar. 2021 Some of those involved loading books or rocks into a backpack for pushups, or grabbing gallon water jugs or cinder blocks as weights. Matt Murschel,, "College football regroups after COVID-19 season of uncertainty," 14 Mar. 2021 Kaycee and Leroy move on to the next task, using hammers to break open cinder blocks to find a key. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Double Agents recap: The fight for Fessy (ugh)," 10 Mar. 2021 Your keyhole garden structure can be made from a wide variety of materials, including bricks, cinder blocks, stones, or wood. Kelly Reilly, Better Homes & Gardens, "Keyhole Gardening Will Super-Charge Your Raised Beds," 3 Mar. 2021 External hard drives have long been associated with large brick-like monsters that weigh down the corners of your workspace like cinder blocks. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "The best external hard drives: Expand your file storage," 22 Jan. 2021 Someone broke in through the metal door from her beloved garden patio, the tiny patch of tranquility that kept her from moving from her modest cinder-block home to a safer location. Washington Post, "A murder in Veracruz: Slain journalist’s story a portrait of a violent, corrupt era in Mexico," 6 Dec. 2020 Outside one unit was a makeshift stove made out of cinder blocks and aluminum foil, so families could cook without power. Kate Santich,, "This was the year for Central Florida to make headway on affordable housing. Then the virus hit. | Part 3 of Special Series," 17 Dec. 2020

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

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14 Apr 2021

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“Cinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cinder

: a very small piece of burned material (such as wood or coal)


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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