- The definition of ash is a color that is light gray.
An example of something that is ash in color are igneous rocks.
- Ash is defined as something that is left over after a fire, or after something has been burned.
An example of ash is what remains after a newspaper has been burnt.
- the white or grayish powder remaining after something has been thoroughly burned
- fine volcanic dust
- the silvery-gray color of wood ash
Origin of ashMiddle English asshe (usually in plural ) ; from Old English æsce ; from Indo-European base an unverified form as-, to burn from source Classical Latin arere, to be dry, burn, Gothic azgo, Old Norse aska, ash
- any of a genus (Fraxinus) of timber and shade trees of the olive family, having odd-pinnate leaves, winged fruit, and tough, springy wood
- the wood
- a letter of the Old English alphabet (æ or Æ), used to represent the sound (a)
Origin of ashMiddle English asshe ; from Old English æsc ; from Indo-European an unverified form os-ko ; from base an unverified form ?s-, ash from source German esche, Classical Latin ornus, mountain ash, Old Norse askr
- The grayish-white to black powdery residue left when something is burned.
- Geology Pulverized particulate matter ejected by volcanic eruption.
- The mineral residue of incinerated organic matter, used as an additive in pet foods.
- ashes Ruins: the ashes of a lost culture.
- ashes Bodily remains, especially after cremation or decay.
transitive verbashed, ash·ing, ash·es
Origin of ashMiddle English asshe, from Old English æsce; see as- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of various chiefly deciduous trees of the genus Fraxinus, having opposite, pinnately compound leaves, clusters of small flowers, and one-seeded winged fruits.
- The strong, elastic wood of this tree, used for furniture, tool handles, and sporting goods such as baseball bats.
- Linguistics The letter æ in Old English and some modern phonetic alphabets, representing the vowel sound of Modern English ash.
Origin of ashMiddle English asshe, from Old English æsc.
(countable and uncountable, plural ashes)
- The solid remains of a fire.
- The audience was more captivated by the growing ash at the end of his cigarette than by his words.
- Ash from a fireplace can restore minerals to your garden's soil.
- Ashes from the fire floated over the street.
- Ash from the fire floated over the street.
- (chemistry) The nonaqueous remains of a material subjected to any complete oxidation process.
- Fine particles from a volcano, volcanic ash.
- (in the plural) Human (animal) remains after cremation.
- The urn containing his ashes was eventually removed to a closet.
- (figuratively) What remains after a catastrophe.
(third-person singular simple present ashes, present participle ashing, simple past and past participle ashed)
- (chemistry) To reduce to a residue of ash. See ashing.
- To hit the end off of a burning cigar or cigarette.
- 1849, in a lettre to James Higgins, published in 1850 in The American Farmer, volume V, number 7, pages 227-8
- After the corn was planted, upon acre A, I spread broadcast one hundred bushels of lime, (cost $3) and fifty bushels of ashes, (cost $6.) […] The extra crop of the combination over the limed acre or ashed, was paid by the increased crop, […]
From Middle English asshe, from Old English æsce, from Proto-Germanic *askǭ (compare West Frisian jiske, Dutch as, Low German Asch, German Asche, Danish aske, Swedish aska), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éHōs (compare Hittite [script?] (ḫašša, “potash, ashes”)[Cuneiform?], Ancient Greek ἄζα (aza, “dry dirt”), Albanian ashkë (“amadou, touchwood, tinder”), Old Armenian աճիւն (ačiwn, “ashes”), Ormuri yānak, Sanskrit आस (āsa, “ashes, dust”)), Kurdish ax (“soil”) (compare with xwelî (“ash”), cognate with English "soil").
(countable and uncountable, plural ashes)
Middle English asshe, from Old English æsc, from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz (compare West Frisian esk, Dutch es, German Esche, Danish/Swedish ask), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃osk- (compare Welsh onnen, Latin ornus (“wild mountain ash”), Lithuanian úosis, Russian ясень (jasenʹ), Albanian ah (“beech”), Ancient Greek ὀξύα (oksua, “beech”), Old Armenian հացի (hacʿi)).