Definition of charcoal in English:

charcoal

noun

  • 1A porous black solid, consisting of an amorphous form of carbon, obtained as a residue when wood, bone, or other organic matter is heated in the absence of air.

    • ‘Sited on Salisbury Plain in the United Kingdom, the midden mound contains discrete layer upon layer of flint, charcoal, bones, pottery and excrement.’
    • ‘Equally valid is exploitation of renewable resources, for example, of grass for grazing, papyrus for thatch, or wood for charcoal.’
    • ‘The embers had gone out, leaving a chalky residue of charcoal and ash.’
    • ‘Carbon, in the forms of charcoal, graphite, and diamond, was one of the earliest elements known to man.’
    • ‘Women also collect wood for charcoal and go to the markets.’
    • ‘This includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, e.g. wood or charcoal.’
    • ‘Two charcoal burning furnaces had been erected to turn wattle wood into charcoal.’
    • ‘About two billion people living in developing countries still rely on wood, charcoal and dung for cooking, heat and light, according to UN figures.’
    • ‘It may cover beech trees so thoroughly that their pale gray bark turns as black as charcoal, with new honeydew drops shining on top.’
    • ‘He said farmers could earn a lot of money if they can venture selling charcoal from the wood on their farms.’
    • ‘The charcoal thus obtained must be cleaned, reduced to powder, and the powder of the different charcoals is then to be mixed.’
    • ‘Then, certain classes of materials, including wood charcoal and carbonized seeds, were re-examined and identified.’
    • ‘Because of its very porous nature, charcoal has the particularly high ratio of surface area to weight required of an absorptive material.’
    • ‘Three different laboratories produced radiocarbon dates for animal bones and charcoal at the four caves.’
    • ‘France still produced ample wood for charcoal; British ironmasters had to turn to coal.’
    • ‘When burnt, charcoal gives off carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space.’
    • ‘Black can come from charcoal, which is tasteless and harmless.’
    • ‘Although the counter also contains a gas-burning barbecue, the Elledges cook on the grill, with wood or charcoal as fuel, most of the time.’
    • ‘He also proved that diamond and charcoal both consist of carbon atoms, so are chemically identical.’
    • ‘Thirty yards up the creek to the right was a dry creek in which we discovered three little heaps containing burnt stone, charcoal and bone.’
    1. 1.1 Briquettes of charcoal used for barbecuing.
      ‘lamb grilled on charcoal’
    2. 1.2 Charcoal used for drawing.
      • ‘A tour de force of transcription, the new drawings exhibit a nearly sculptural manipulation of charcoal.’
      • ‘Karen Spence is originally from Belfast, but now living in Co Leitrim and her exhibition shows drawings in charcoal, graphite and pencil on paper.’
      • ‘This has been done in three media - pencil, charcoal and watercolours.’
      • ‘He also drew while lying in bed, using sticks of charcoal stuck to the ends of long poles to draw on the walls.’
      • ‘Done in charcoal and displaying occasional smudges, these drawings are unabashedly hand-drawn, but the images are as deadpan as ever.’
      • ‘The range of work shown in charcoal, pencil and brush and ink drawings that came out of David Curtis' drawing class were a surprise.’
      • ‘These 60 drawings show Picasso's work on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink and gouache.’
      • ‘When people think of two-dimensional art, they usually think of work done in oil, watercolor, pastel or charcoal.’
      • ‘His misty combinations of watercolour, charcoal and pen depict Dali-esque distorted nudes and giant, well-articulated insects.’
      • ‘Unwrapping furiously, Alex arranged her new sticks of charcoal, sketching pencils and chalks in the box she'd bought to store them in.’
      • ‘I hope to learn to use oil paint, clay and charcoal.’
      • ‘Painters used either this mixture or charcoal to trace the first outlines of the fresco composition.’
      • ‘Since then, Jayant has dabbled with oil on canvas, watercolour, charcoal, acrylic, clay and plaster of Paris.’
      • ‘Sudduth usually begins his paintings by sketching his subject on plywood with pencil, charcoal or a soft stone.’
      • ‘Contemporary portrait artists work in a variety of media - from oils and acrylics to charcoal, graphite and pastels.’
      • ‘They include such materials as soil, sand, rice flour, ash, white cement, charcoal or pigment, rubbed onto paper or canvas.’
      • ‘Using watercolours or charcoal and pencil, she uses textured surfaces to suggest the organic natural continuity of her subject matter.’
      • ‘Moorthy is adept at drawing with pencil, charcoal, watercolours, oils et al and has participated in several exhibitions.’
      • ‘The artist may have neglected to size the canvas properly, or may have used odd substances like charcoal which is incompatible with oil paint.’
      • ‘He uses oil, watercolor, charcoal, and serigraphs to depict his subjects.’
      ashes, ash, embers
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    3. 1.3 A drawing made using charcoal.
      • ‘She sketched him, languid on the couch in her studio, in charcoals, and when she gave it to him, he looked pleased and told her she had insight.’
      • ‘On view until October 29, the exhibit presents 55 of the 300 known watercolors, pastels and charcoals by the late artist - many of which have never been seen before.’
      • ‘‘If you've no wish to sell the charcoals,’ Rachel began, ‘I don't at all blame you.'’
      • ‘The heavy toolboxes of oils and watercolors and charcoals lined the walls, and the trunk of canvases and boards went opposite the window.’
      • ‘In fact, he asked me to find him an artist with a high level of ability for charcoals.’
      • ‘The large charcoals on paper reveal swift gestural movements that resolve into a solitary cabin in a white field or length of heavy chain drifting to the bottom of the sea.’
      • ‘Mr. Lake accepted, introduced Sara as ‘Miss Kreyssler, a friend visiting from abroad’, and then pointedly asked their thoughts and views on the charcoals while offering no hint to what he himself thought.’
      • ‘His first two solo shows were a blizzard of styles, combining watercolours and charcoals, landscapes and portraits, and religious paintings crafted lovingly by a committed atheist.’
      • ‘The portfolio mostly held unfinished charcoals or watercolors, some activities to work on flowing lines and facial expressions, and a few sketches and watercolors of different types of flowers.’
      • ‘Her mind strangely quiet as she followed, the well-lit and clearly labeled works of oils, watercolors, and charcoals were barely noticed.’
      • ‘Their work covers everything from still life to chilling engravings of the holocaust, charcoals of the human form and sculptures of animals.’
      • ‘The Edinburgh collection - 27 oils, prints, pastels and charcoals - is undeniably striking.’
      • ‘If a visitor familiar with the charcoals had come in not knowing this was a show of Weiss's prints, it would have become apparent only when she or he came face to face with the central image in Thoughts, a lithograph.’
    4. 1.4 A dark gray color.
      as modifier ‘his charcoal sweater’
      • ‘If everything in your wardrobe is navy, charcoal and black, mix it up with a cool blue, a minty green, or maybe even a subdued orange.’
      • ‘Your best bet is a dark shade such as black or charcoal gray.’
      • ‘The sky was a deep charcoal gray outside of the bus.’
      • ‘But the sight of a familiar figure - a tall man in a charcoal gray leather coat a few yards away - makes her freeze in place.’
      • ‘The walls were a dark rose, the carpet was a dark charcoal color, and the dresser was a deep mahogany.’
      • ‘Today we are going to introduce to you an exclusive notebook series from Sony designed in charcoal carbon fibre.’
      • ‘Her shirt was sleeveless, loose, low-cut and a charcoal color, complementing her soft blue eyes well.’
      • ‘Similarly, natural shades of black and charcoal create simple sophistication.’
      • ‘Punk-style jeans offer a rugged look - take your pick among black, charcoal, and very light blue shades.’
      • ‘Silver looks so much more beautiful on it than a gold alternative because it pulls out the subtle grays and charcoals.’
      • ‘High cheekbones emphasized her straight nose, full lips, and stunning charcoal gray eyes.’
      • ‘Pieces were set around a strict palette of ultra black, jet, charcoal and pewter with shots of colour and scatterings of silver sparkle and crystal.’
      • ‘From the huge stainless steel wardrobe in his dressing alcove he takes the day's fresh white shirt, a charcoal pin-striped suit, and a burgundy silk tie.’
      • ‘In the distance, bare branches sketched a thin pencil outline against the charcoal gray sky.’
      • ‘I hardly remember how I felt as I walked into the school auditorium and took my place by the large, charcoal black Steinway, before playing the long piece I'd chosen.’
      • ‘I still get excited over the yellow-based greens, teamed with neutrals and charcoals and working with natural fibres and textures.’
      • ‘She has black hair, charcoal eyes, thin lips, and she's pale.’
      • ‘Other dominant squares are painted in a range of olives, muted browns and charcoals.’
      • ‘A black pullover with charcoal slacks is a much more user-friendly combination for your body type than a white oxford shirt and dark jeans.’
      • ‘The trees were broken and dead against the charcoal sky.’

verb

usually as adjective charcoaled
  • Cook over charcoal.

    ‘charcoaled lobster’
    • ‘Some experts suggest limiting consumption of charcoaled and grilled foods.’
    • ‘I stick the marshmallows into the water and audibly sigh at the hiss and steam rising from the charcoaled treat.’
    • ‘The charcoaled boned chicken sparkles with a spicy and smoky flavour.’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably related to coal in the early sense ‘charcoal’.

Pronunciation

charcoal

/ˈtʃɑrˌkoʊl//ˈCHärˌkōl/