An example of coal is the fuel used to grill meat on an outdoor grill using briquettes.
Put some coals on the fire.
Put some coal on the fire.
Just as the camp-fire died down to just coals, with no flames to burn the marshmallows, someone dumped a whole load of wood on, so I gave up and went to bed.
To coal a steamer.
- to criticize sharply; censure; scold
- to cause someone to feel remorse by returning good for evil: Prov. 25:22
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Origin of coal
- Middle English col from Old English
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English cole, from Old English col, from Proto-Germanic *kulą, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷol- (compare Irish gúal (“coal”), Tocharian B śoliye (“hearth”), Persian زغال (zuvāl, “live coal”)), from *gʷelH- ‘to glow, burn’ (compare Lithuanian žvìlti (“to twinkle, glow”), Sanskrit ज्वलति (jvalati, “to burn, glow”)).