reduce (something) to ashes

Definition of reduce (something) to ashes

  1. :  to completely destroy (something) by burning Their house was reduced to ashes by the fire.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to draw together or cause to converge :  consolidate

    :  to diminish in size, amount, extent, or number

    :  to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavor of by boiling

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

ashplay ashes
  1. :  any of a genus (Fraxinus) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets

    :  the tough elastic wood of an ash

    :  the ligature æ used in Old English and some phonetic alphabets to represent a low front vowel \a\

  1. :  something that symbolizes grief, repentance, or humiliation

    :  the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means

    :  fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent

  1. :  to convert into ash

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