em·​ber | \ ˈem-bər How to pronounce ember (audio) \

Definition of ember

1 : a glowing fragment (as of coal) from a fire especially : one smoldering in ashes
2 embers plural : the smoldering remains of a fire
3 embers plural : slowly dying or fading emotions, memories, ideas, or responses still capable of being revived the embers of his past

Examples of ember in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Ultra-Focused Flame: Traditional fires can take hours to produce embers suitable for cooking or warming your camp. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Campfire Just Needs One Piece of Wood," 12 Jan. 2020 Driven by strong winds and searing temperatures on New Year’s Eve, the blazes turned the sky blood red and rained down embers, forcing people to shelter on beaches or flee by fishing boats. Jason Scott, Fortune, "As Wildfires Ravage Australia, Tourists In Coastal Towns Struggle to Evacuate," 2 Jan. 2020 Place the pieces close together, eliminating gaps that would drop your embers down into the snow. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Survival Tips To Get You Through Winter," 30 Dec. 2019 The names of some teams kept—and still keep—Lost Cause embers smoldering. Diane Roberts, The New Republic, "Celebrating 150 Years of Simulated Warfare," 6 Nov. 2019 Competitors cradled the embers inside their fingers, like fireflies. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "At Cigar Smoking Worlds, the Best Always Finish Last," 29 Oct. 2019 Footage from the scene showed waves of embers flying onto residential streets, igniting palm trees and setting homes ablaze. chicagotribune.com, "Homes burn as Hillside fire sweeps across Southern California and 46 fires erupt," 31 Oct. 2019 The Healdsburg area lost one of its historic attractions to the flames Sunday when embers carried by the winds sparked a blaze that engulfed the Soda Rock Winery whose buildings included a general store and post office founded in 1869. Terry Chea And Daisy Nguyen, Houston Chronicle, "Scores fleeing California's wind-driven blaze set up camp," 27 Oct. 2019 In Porter Ranch, waves of embers crested against a two-story home on Sheffield Way; flames lapped at the back of it, which abuts a hillside. Anchorage Daily News, "L.A. fire burns homes, threatens communities in San Fernando Valley," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ember

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ember

Middle English eymere, from Old Norse eimyrja; akin to Old English ǣmerge ashes, Latin urere to burn

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The first known use of ember was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ember.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ember. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ember

: a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire


em·​ber | \ ˈem-bər How to pronounce ember (audio) \

Kids Definition of ember

: a glowing piece of coal or wood in the ashes from a fire

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