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
Flying embers from the main structures at the west end of the nine-acre field ignited bleachers, office buildings, night lighting equipment and three dwellings.
About 30 homes had been evacuated in Landusky, and some firefighters were stationed in town to snuff out any embers dropped by heat and wind currents.
The entire show glowed like the embers of a bonfire from beginning to end.
The embers in the ovens produced an ethereal glow that promised a flavor no place that plugs in its oven could reproduce.
In addition, a United States Forest Service researcher said logging probably would not have made a big difference in the high-altitude fire that is sending embers from tree-to-tree over long distances –
If your home’s siding is a combustible material like wood, look for and repair openings that could allow embers inside the structure.
The kitchen wraps potatoes in foil and leaves them in the Josper’s embers overnight, so in the morning, the resulting smoky potatoes, with just a kiss of cream and sprinkled with chives, are worth an asterisk on the menu.
Still, Steneck added, with high temperatures and high winds on Sunday the fire could easily grow if embers fly outside the area of containment.
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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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