One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The stony residue from burned coal or from a furnace.
glowing coal, live coalView synonyms
- ‘These small grayish black pellets are called clinker.’
- ‘Another is a rounded piece of clinker, a porous material that results from the burning of coal seams.’
- ‘In addition, the plant has 11 air cannons installed on the clinker cooler.’
- ‘I propose to reduce the customs duty on cement and clinkers from 25% to 20%.’
- ‘Cement and clinker imports play an important role in supplementing domestic capacity constraints.’
- ‘The tremendous velocity of the particle-laden dust stream coupled with high temperatures coming off the clinker cooler rapidly eroded the elbow and standard-issue duct system.’
- ‘Cement and clinker imports declined 6.5 percent in 2002, according to a recent PCA report.’
- ‘The building can store as much as 400,000 tons of clinker.’
- ‘At its peak the mix reaches 1, 450C before exiting as a hard, gritty material called clinker.’
- ‘The company imported 33,000 tonnes of clinker to support the company's own production in order to maximise cement production.’
- ‘An electric three-roll crusher reduces 95% of the clinker to less than 35 mm in size.’
- ‘The permitted operating capacity of the plant is 800,000 tons of clinker per year.’
- ‘Thirdly, reduce the clinker content in cement, by intergrinding cementious material like slag, fly ash, or limestone.’
- ‘To the extent possible, the concrete mixture should incorporate Portland cement of one type, made with clinker from a single source, and manufactured at the same plant.’
- ‘The sintered material is cooled to form cement clinker.’
- ‘With additional analysis of shipping market development, the study also includes detailed appraisals of cement and clinker imports and exports.’
- ‘The expected decrease of duty on cement and clinker from Rs 400 per tonne to Rs 350 per tonne didn't happen.’
- ‘We cool the clinker, add a bit of gypsum to control setting time, and crush the mixture into a fine powder.’
- ‘The department originally issued the antidumping order on gray Portland cement and clinker from Mexico in 1990.’
- ‘Holcim also has placed an order with IKN to upgrade the two clinker coolers at the Dundee, Mich. plant.’
- 1.1 A brick with a vitrified surface.
- ‘Beneath the city's dense urban forest, low walls of Arroyo Seco stone and clinker brick front brown-shingled homes with porches set under graceful overhangs.’
- ‘Remaindered brick packs - rough clinkers, chocolate browns, flash fired silvers - were placed randomly along the south elevation, to be laid as required.’
- ‘It will take about 1500 whole bricks, clinkers.’
Mid 17th century: from obsolete Dutch klinckaerd (earlier form of klinker), from klinken ‘to clink’.
1Something that is unsatisfactory, of poor quality, or a failure.‘marketing couldn't save such clinkers as these films’
failure, disappointment, let-down, loser, non-achiever, ne'er-do-wellView synonyms
- ‘Every talented author is entitled to the occasional clinker.’
- ‘I was in the movie business, did some good movies, did a couple of clinkers.’
- ‘Anyway Marron made it two with another clinker.’
- ‘So, updates will come a little quicker now, this was the clinker.’
- ‘Your own prior experience with a clinker marriage does count for something.’
- ‘If that was the high point in the series, which Oregon leads 52-41-10, then the real clinker was the 1983 scoreless tie.’
- ‘Luckily, the duo doesn't settle on such clinkers.’
- ‘He conducted wedding services, and when some of the marriages hit clinkers, he was a patient, extraordinarily attentive family counselor.’
- 1.1 A wrong musical note.
- ‘It seemed to me that she wasn't traumatized at the end with the clinker.’
- ‘Suddenly, I hit an obvious clinker with my right hand - a wrong note that had never happened before and that sounded pretty stupid.’
- ‘After so many hits, the law of averages demanded a clinker from the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, and got it with A Little Night Music.’
Late 17th century (denoting a person or thing that clinks): from clink + -er. clinker (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the mid 19th century, clinker (sense 1 of the noun) from the 1930s.
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