- a porous, amorphous form of carbon produced by destructive distillation of wood or other organic matter and used for decolorizing sugar and food, in filters, as a gas absorbent, fuel, etc.
- a pencil made of this substance
- a drawing made with such a pencil
- a very dark gray or brown, almost black
Origin of charcoalMiddle English char cole; probably ; from charren, to turn (see chare) + cole, coal (hence, literally , wood turned to coal)
- to write or draw with charcoal
- to charbroil
- A black, porous, carbonaceous material, 85 to 98 percent carbon, produced by the destructive distillation of wood and used as a fuel, filter, and adsorbent.
- a. A drawing pencil or crayon made from this material.b. A drawing executed with such a pencil or crayon.
- A dark grayish brown to black or dark purplish gray.
transitive verbchar·coaled, char·coal·ing, char·coals
- To draw, write, or blacken with a black, carbonaceous material.
- To charbroil.
Origin of charcoalMiddle English charcol : char (perhaps from Old French charbon, from Latin carbō; see carbon) + col, charcoal, coal; see coal.
(usually uncountable, plural charcoals)
(comparative more charcoal, superlative most charcoal)
- Of a dark gray colour.
- Made of charcoal.
(third-person singular simple present charcoals, present participle charcoaling, simple past and past participle charcoaled)