- The definition of a cinder is a small piece of burned wood or coal that is still sparking even though it has been mostly burned.
A small leftover piece of firewood that is still solid and burning without flame is an example of a cinder.
The wood in a fireplace after being reduced to cinders.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- slag, as from the reduction of metallic ores
- a rough piece of solid lava from a volcano
- any matter, as coal or wood, burned out or partly burned, but not reduced to ashes
- a minute piece of such matter
- a coal that is still burning but not flaming
- ashes from coal or wood
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old English sinder, dross of iron, slag ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sendhro-, coagulating fluid from source German sinter, dross of iron, stalactite, sintern, to trickle, coagulate, Czech śadra, gypsum
- Rare to burn to cinders
- to cover with cinders
- cindery adjective
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- a. A burned or partly burned substance, such as coal, that is not reduced to ashes but is incapable of further combustion.b. A partly charred substance that can burn further but without flame.
- cinders Ashes.
- cinders Geology See scoria.
- Metallurgy See scoria.
- Slag from a metal furnace.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Old French cendre, ashes) of Middle English sinder, from Old English, slag, dross.
- cinˈder·y adjective