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

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Oregon's largest wildfire flares up, prompting new evacuations Winds picked up embers from within the Klondike fire perimeter and carried them up to 6 miles away, an official said. oregonlive.com, "Firefighters brace for tough Pacific Northwest wildfire season," 10 June 2019 DeLunas rode the embers of his pitching dream into a journeyman college career, playing at three different small colleges, but ultimately went undrafted. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "The most interesting man in baseball? It might be Mariners bullpen coach Brian DeLunas," 28 Aug. 2018 In the small favors department, Donald Trump can be thankful for how his renegade lawyer Michael Cohen chose to oblige committee Democrats by fanning the dying embers of Russiagate. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Mr. Chaos vs. The Swamp," 5 Mar. 2019 Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Kristin Tinsley said firefighters were working to put out embers or smoldering fires that could cause the fire to reignite, and that process could take several days. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Four-alarm fire at lumber yard on Seattle’s Ship Canal still smoldering," 11 Nov. 2018 Stray embers can still start a fire if they are carried by the wind onto dry grass, weeds, or small pieces of wood. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019 The Vikings were an anemic 2-for-10 on third downs and didn’t score until the game’s dying embers. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings on #MNF," 11 Dec. 2018 Because of the intensity of the blaze, fire crews immediately went into a defensive attack and aggressively fought to keep embers from igniting neighboring houses. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Lightning strike thought to have started fire that destroyed Overland Park home," 12 June 2018 Like a growing number of insurance companies offering similar services, Chubb's firefighters can trim trees and move combustible material away from a home, spray it with gel or water and cover vents to prevent hot embers from getting inside a home. NBC News, "Wealthy's use of private firefighters ignites debate in wildfire country," 4 May 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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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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