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 cindery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cinder in a Sentence

Cinders from the campfire floated through the air.
Recent Examples on the Web The 1950s-era cinder-block addition in the back has been modified so that the exterior now matches that of the original house, down to the arched windows. Michelle Matthews |, al, "After decades of neglect, it’s time for this historic home in Mobile to shine once again," 12 Feb. 2020 Two people were killed, dozens of homes were destroyed, and wilderness parks were turned to cinders, littering the landscape with animal corpses. Jamie Tarabay, New York Times, "There’s No Place Like Kangaroo Island. Can It Survive Australia’s Fires?," 4 Feb. 2020 On May 25, 2017, Thornton police found McGreevy’s body in a pool of blood in a cinder-block trash-bin enclosure, behind the Sunrise Village Shopping Center, 9071 Washington St., according to a news release. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Assailant who beat homeless man to death with baseball bat in Thornton sentenced to prison," 6 Dec. 2019 The Flora-Bama had been reduced to a cinder-block nub of its former self. al, "Flora-Bama songs and stories: A day at the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival," 17 Nov. 2019 Comfortable, sturdy homes with cars parked outside sit next to squat cinder-block houses, many without air conditioning. Washington Post, "Far from Vietnam’s boomtowns, a rural region looks to Europe’s distant shores for escape," 2 Nov. 2019 Sam Jones, pitmaster/owner of Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, NC, made his second appearance at Southern Smoke, serving up chopped whole hog sandwiches made from pigs coming off a giant cinder-block pit built just for the festival. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Southern Smokes takes in record $573,000," 7 Oct. 2019 Just the train ride out there on the Cannonball Express, its windows open, sparking cinders flying by and sometimes burning you, was beautiful and dramatic and is now gone. Mark Helprin, National Review, "Everyday Americans: Unknown Unknowns," 22 Aug. 2019 Armed with tons of TNT and ammonium nitrate, NASA worked with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to blast craters into this swath of land chosen for its many layers of volcanic cinders, which approximated the look and feel of the moon’s surface. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Before Going to the Moon, Apollo 11 Astronauts Trained at These Five Sites," 17 July 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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