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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sited on Salisbury Plain in the United Kingdom, the midden mound contains discrete layer upon layer of flint, charcoal, bones, pottery and excrement.’
    • ‘Black can come from charcoal, which is tasteless and harmless.’
    • ‘Carbon, in the forms of charcoal, graphite, and diamond, was one of the earliest elements known to man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When burnt, charcoal gives off carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space.’
    • ‘It may cover beech trees so thoroughly that their pale gray bark turns as black as charcoal, with new honeydew drops shining on top.’
    • ‘Two charcoal burning furnaces had been erected to turn wattle wood into charcoal.’
    • ‘He also proved that diamond and charcoal both consist of carbon atoms, so are chemically identical.’
    • ‘Three different laboratories produced radiocarbon dates for animal bones and charcoal at the four caves.’
    • ‘Women also collect wood for charcoal and go to the markets.’
    • ‘Because of its very porous nature, charcoal has the particularly high ratio of surface area to weight required of an absorptive material.’
    • ‘He said farmers could earn a lot of money if they can venture selling charcoal from the wood on their farms.’
    • ‘Then, certain classes of materials, including wood charcoal and carbonized seeds, were re-examined and identified.’
    • ‘About two billion people living in developing countries still rely on wood, charcoal and dung for cooking, heat and light, according to UN figures.’
    • ‘Equally valid is exploitation of renewable resources, for example, of grass for grazing, papyrus for thatch, or wood for charcoal.’
    • ‘France still produced ample wood for charcoal; British ironmasters had to turn to coal.’
    • ‘The embers had gone out, leaving a chalky residue of charcoal and ash.’
    • ‘This includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, e.g. wood or charcoal.’
    • ‘The charcoal thus obtained must be cleaned, reduced to powder, and the powder of the different charcoals is then to be mixed.’
    firewood, wood, kindling, logs
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    1. 1.1Briquettes of charcoal used for barbecuing.
      ‘lamb grilled on charcoal’
    2. 1.2Charcoal used for drawing.
    3. 1.3A drawing made using charcoal.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her mind strangely quiet as she followed, the well-lit and clearly labeled works of oils, watercolors, and charcoals were barely noticed.’
      • ‘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 heavy toolboxes of oils and watercolors and charcoals lined the walls, and the trunk of canvases and boards went opposite the window.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘If you've no wish to sell the charcoals,’ Rachel began, ‘I don't at all blame you.'’
      • ‘Their work covers everything from still life to chilling engravings of the holocaust, charcoals of the human form and sculptures of animals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, he asked me to find him an artist with a high level of ability for charcoals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Edinburgh collection - 27 oils, prints, pastels and charcoals - is undeniably striking.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4A dark gray color.
      [as modifier] ‘his charcoal sweater’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I still get excited over the yellow-based greens, teamed with neutrals and charcoals and working with natural fibres and textures.’
      • ‘High cheekbones emphasized her straight nose, full lips, and stunning charcoal gray eyes.’
      • ‘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 sky was a deep charcoal gray outside of the bus.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her shirt was sleeveless, loose, low-cut and a charcoal color, complementing her soft blue eyes well.’
      • ‘Punk-style jeans offer a rugged look - take your pick among black, charcoal, and very light blue shades.’
      • ‘The trees were broken and dead against the charcoal sky.’
      • ‘Silver looks so much more beautiful on it than a gold alternative because it pulls out the subtle grays and charcoals.’
      • ‘Your best bet is a dark shade such as black or charcoal gray.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today we are going to introduce to you an exclusive notebook series from Sony designed in charcoal carbon fibre.’
      • ‘The walls were a dark rose, the carpet was a dark charcoal color, and the dresser was a deep mahogany.’
      • ‘In the distance, bare branches sketched a thin pencil outline against the charcoal gray sky.’
      • ‘Similarly, natural shades of black and charcoal create simple sophistication.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

  • Cook over charcoal.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

charcoal

/ˈCHärˌkōl/