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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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 Even a salad of oranges is cooked in embers then tossed with buttermilk ricotta. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018 On the morning of November 8, Jenkins watched as the sky turned orange, and embers and ash fluttered around her house in Paradise. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 That day this included fat spears of asparagus ($14) cooked on embers and seasoned with a vinaigrette made from the juices of Indian-style pickles. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charter Oak evolves into a Napa dining destination," 28 Mar. 2018 In the old Spanish tradition, hearth cooking is optimal because foods can cook at the lowest heat, gently warmed by the embers. Grace Young, ELLE Decor, "Spanish Culinary Ambassador," 5 July 2012

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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 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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