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 One never knows which ember will land in the right spot to set it all ablaze. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 At night, like nearly every night, Tatmadaw snipers took aim at whatever caught their attention: the glow from a cellphone whose user was checking Facebook, perhaps, or the red ember of a cannabis joint. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Yanya has a singular voice—a disarming rasp that turns every note into a smoldering ember—and her restless pop-rock songs circle her feelings of emptiness and inadequacy. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2022 Yosemite put an end to the blazing ember show in 1968. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 To help kick the new year off on a fragrant note, Febreze has announced ember as its scent of the year. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, 20 Feb. 2022 In May 2020, their 15-year-old pit bull, Isaboo, died; and in August of that year, their home completely burned to the ground, the result of a fire ember that came out of the home's chimney and landed on the roof. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 14 Feb. 2022 Firefighting officials have only just started taking applications for the three-year endeavor, which aims to tackle everything from installing ember-resistant screens on home vents to replacing windows, siding and roofs. Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Fire researchers say communities such as those burned by the Marshall Fire will have to take many of the same precautions as their mountain counterparts, such as installing ember guards on rooftops and clearing flammable materials away from homes. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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30 Apr 2022

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“Ember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ember. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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