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1Of the pale gray color of ash.‘the ashen morning sky’
- ‘Through years of boot soles and Border collie paws the unfinished plank floor has grayed and smoothed to ashen silk.’
- ‘The cold weather had reappeared as quickly as it had vanished on Monday, and snow flurries began dropping from an ashen sky.’
- ‘The ashen plaster on the walls was flaking and turning gray and the lime green tiling on the floor was cracked and rotted.’
- ‘After application of the peeling agent, the skin becomes white-frosted then ashen gray.’
- ‘About 3 days afterward the skin on his forehead, hands, lower legs, and feet was an ashen color and very irritated, and it peeled away.’
- ‘Conor absently noticed the two staves next to them; on was dark green and the other an ashen gray, both cut to different lengths.’
- ‘Her hair was drier than Egewe had ever seen it, and crusted with dirt and dust to the point that it appeared almost ashen in colour.’
- ‘Sulphurous vapors, ashen clouds, sickening heat-filled waves blew through the spectral skies.’
- ‘They had the tall curve of elms, the tenuity of poplars, the ashen colour of olives under a rainy sky; and they stretched ahead of me for half a mile or more without a break in their arch.’
- ‘He was taller than all his men with long ashen hair and piercing gray eyes.’
- ‘It was the color of an ashen dove and reached her ankles.’
- ‘His hair was a chilling black color, his skin was ashen gray, and his eyes were a chilling blue.’
- ‘There was a grim rustling on the air, and fire and smoke lit up the ashen sky.’
- ‘The wasteland night flashed and trembled in a storming dry heat with sparks of light upon the ashen sky.’
- 1.1 (of a person's face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness.
pale, wan, pasty, grey, leaden, colourless, sallow, pallid, white, waxen, ghostlypale-faced, ashen-faced, grey-faced, anaemic, bloodlessetiolated, lymphaticView synonyms
- ‘His face was ashen by this point, and he could barely hear his own voice.’
- ‘When he saw her ashen face, concerned flooded him.’
- ‘His face was ashen white, and he looked like a ghost, his skin almost translucent.’
- ‘The rest of us just continue to be stressed out, over worked, ashen and grey faced and up to our necks in debt.’
- ‘His face was ashen, and he didn't say a word for several minutes.’
- ‘She turns to look at him; his face is ashen, and there is a cigarette in his hand.’
- ‘His face was ashen white and the grip he had on my sleeve tightened.’
- ‘Their faces were ashen, sorrow staring back from hollow eyes.’
- ‘Erik nodded, his eyes still locked on his father's ashen face.’
- ‘His face was ashen as she started to advance upon him.’
- ‘Katie's face was pale and ashen and her eyes were glassy.’
- ‘Daphne freezes, seeing the sudden fear on her father's ashen face.’
- ‘As soon as I reached my work place I saw ashen faces and tears in the eyes of my colleagues.’
- ‘This Pastor was an older, gaunter man; his face was ashen and he seemed very weary, having been worn down by the endless petitions of the last few days.’
- ‘The ashen face in the bed twisted in pain, pale lips parting and pressing together.’
- ‘He had a shock of dark blue hair that, yesterday, had blond roots, and his smooth skin was an ashen color, suggesting that he'd been sick for a long time.’
- ‘Jasmine had a blanket around her shoulders, her face ashen white.’
- ‘His face was ashen, a yellowish grey color that spoke of death.’
- ‘Utter terror was conveyed across his ashen face.’
- ‘Giovanni sighed, smiling happily, which added color to his ashen cheeks.’
- ‘Days later, pictures of the residents' ashen faces were plastered over the papers and broadcast on the news every night, invariably showing tightly strapped face-masks.’
- ‘His ashen face was animated by genuine interest.’
- 1.2 Of or resembling ashes.‘the volcano's ashen breath’
- ‘A thin plume of ashen smoke drifts into the crystalline sky.’
Made of timber from the ash tree.
- ‘I slopped the stuff on and miraculously the ashen timbers of our bench and table suite turned slowly back to a healthy brown.’
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