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
Recent Examples of ember from the Web
In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, embers from a wildfire smolder along Lytle Creek Road near Keenbrook, Calif.
A vibrant mix of old and young stars burned up with only the faint embers — dying, cool, red dwarfs — left.
Besides keeping people from falling into seasonal pits of despair, Sunn’s warmer, ember light settings could coax better sleeping habits out users.
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Origin and Etymology of ember
Middle English eymere, from Old Norse eimyrja; akin to Old English ǣmerge ashes, Latin urere to burn
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
EMBER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ember for English Language Learners
: a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire
EMBER Defined for Kids
Definition of ember for Students
: a glowing piece of coal or wood in the ashes from a fire
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