incinerate

verb
in·cin·er·ate | \in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt \
incinerated; incinerating

Definition of incinerate 

transitive verb

: to cause to burn to ashes

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Other Words from incinerate

incineration \in-ˌsi-nə-ˈrā-shən \ noun

Examples of incinerate in a Sentence

The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.

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The house was incinerated in a fast-moving wildfire Friday that destroyed nine other homes; the blaze was 80 percent contained Sunday. Washington Post, "With ring found in ashes of burned home, man proposes again," 8 July 2018 In Santa Barbara County, nearly two dozen homes were incinerated in a wildfire that began Saturday, once again harrowing an area ravaged in the last year by fires and then mudslides that killed 21 people. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Record Heat in Southern California, and an Ominous Start to Wildfire Season," 7 July 2018 Rockefeller Center would be an unrecognizable snarl of steel and concrete, its titanic statue of Prometheus — eight tons of bronze and plaster clad in gold — completely incinerated. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 Everything was incinerated in the pits, say soldiers, including plastics, batteries, appliances, medicine, dead animals and even human waste. Perry Chiaramonte | Fox News, Fox News, "Lawmakers demand answers at hearing over how VA is helping tens of thousands of burn pit victims," 7 June 2018 The need to maintain military secrecy prevented civilian firefighters from entering the scene, and fire leaped from building to building, incinerating most of the base. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The need to maintain military secrecy prevented civilian firefighters from entering the scene, and fire leaped from building to building, incinerating most of the base. Lucy Cooke, Washington Post, "The batty, explosive history of bats in the military — and why this new idea just might work," 2 July 2018 On another wall are peaceful landscape paintings made of unusually chunky acrylic — incinerated canvas ash and fragments are mixed into it. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Wine Country artists find new life, inspiration in the wreckage of studios," 9 July 2018 The house was incinerated in a fast-moving wildfire Friday that destroyed nine other homes; the blaze was 80 percent contained Sunday. CBS News, "Man finds rings in ashes of home burned by wildfire, proposes again," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of incinerate

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incinerate

Medieval Latin incineratus, past participle of incinerare, from Latin in- + ciner-, cinis ashes; akin to Greek konis dust, ashes

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incinerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incinerate

: to burn (something) completely

incinerate

verb
in·cin·er·ate | \in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt \
incinerated; incinerating

Kids Definition of incinerate

: to burn to ashes

incinerate

transitive verb
in·cin·er·ate | \in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt \
incinerated; incinerating

Medical Definition of incinerate 

: to cause to burn to ashes

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