One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small piece of partly burned coal or wood that has stopped giving off flames but still has combustible matter in it.
ashes, ash, embersView synonyms
- ‘A hot cinder from my cigarette dropped onto my foot.’
- ‘Firewalking refers to the activity of walking on hot coals, rocks or cinders without burning the soles of one's feet.’
- ‘His presence seemed to add a cinder or two to the dying fire of the winners' performance.’
- ‘Just when the flame got large enough to burn the entire leaf, it stopped abruptly - not even a cinder left.’
- ‘She alone has the presence of mind to remove a burning cinder from a table full of explosives.’
- ‘Flipping a lighter, Peter lit the crumpled sheet and watched the flickering ball of fire slowly turn to a cinder in his hand.’
- ‘She looked a positive wreck: covered with smoking cinders, several burn marks adorning her loose denim pants.’
- ‘Two years ago, a couple claimed their child was burned by a flying cinder from a train.’
- ‘The night had been long and cold and the smouldering fire at the front of the camp was burning its final cinders around midday.’
- ‘The sky was black, blanketed in rolling clouds of smoke that glowed with patches of baleful red, from burning cinders.’
- ‘Even the finest of rookies may be fated to burn out and plummet to earth as a cold cinder within a season or two.’
- ‘An eight-year-old boy threw coal cinders to drive away dogs threatening his friends.’
- ‘One day when I was growing up, a train went by and a cinder from the steam engine blew up on the roof and started a fire.’
- ‘When I awoke the fire had burnt down to the last cinder.’
Old English sinder ‘slag’, of Germanic origin; related to German Sinter. The similar but unconnected French cendre (from Latin cinis ‘ashes’) has influenced both the sense development and the spelling. Compare with sinter.
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