em·ber | \ˈem-bər \

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

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An ember from a punk being used to light fireworks was the likely cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to a house Wednesday near Missouri 150 and Stoney Creek Drive in Lee's Summit. Katie Bernard And Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Amputations, fires and celebratory gunfire mar the Fourth of July holiday," 5 July 2018 Fancier models include a braseiro (log basket) for burning logs to embers, and a new Grillworks Infierno Blanco wood-burning oven. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Cooking Over Wood: A Guide to the Grills," 29 June 2018 Firefighters are trying to stay ahead of the flames, digging fire lines and laying hose in case gusty winds send embers flying. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Flash flooding feared as Colorado wildfires rage," 15 June 2018 Houses to the south of the blaze began igniting from the heat and embers blown by the strong wind. Tony Rizzo Lisa Gutierrez Katy Bergen Steve Vockrodt Ian Cummings Svockrodt@kcstar.com Icummings@kcstar.com Kbergen@kcstar.com Lgutierrez@kcstar.com, kansascity, "Huge building fire in Overland Park ignites blazes at many homes blocks away | The Kansas City Star," 20 Mar. 2017 The area was hit by gusty winds that tossed embers and much of Southern California sweltered as temperatures topped 100 degrees in many areas. Fox News, "The Latest: New wildfires hit California, burning homes," 7 July 2018 The lingering embers re-ignited, leading to the garage fire that spread to the attic and roof of the Sheldon Park Way home. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Fireworks — legal and illegal — spark dozens of July 4 fire incidents in Sacramento," 5 July 2018 CalFire says stray embers from a nearby fire can travel about a mile a way from their source and ignite weak spots on the outside of your home from. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 June 2018 Clearly, what was once a few embers of rebellion has grown into a full-fledged blaze. refinery29.com, "What That Frustrating Handmaid's Tale Finale Means For Season 3," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ember

: a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire


em·ber | \ˈem-bər \

Kids Definition of ember

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

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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