Ember Definition

ĕmbər
embers
noun
embers
A glowing piece of coal, wood, etc. from a fire; esp., such a piece smoldering among ashes.
Webster's New World
The smoldering remains of a fire.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Designating or of three days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) set aside for prayer and fasting in a specified week of each of the four seasons of the year in various Christian churches.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Ember

Noun

Singular:
ember
Plural:
embers

Origin of Ember

  • From Old English ǣmyrge, from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon; see also Swedish mörja (“embers”), Danish emmer, Old High German eimuria (“pyre”); the b is intrusive and was added in English for ease of pronunciation when the vowel of the second syllable (y) disappeared; from Proto-Germanic *aima (“ashes”), ultimately from two Proto-Indo-European roots meaning "to burn:" *h₂eidʰ- ‘burn; fire’ - (compare Old High German eit (“funeral pile”), Welsh aidd (“zeal, heat”), Old Irish aed (“fire”), Sanskrit इन्ध (indha, “burst into flames”), Ancient Greek αιτηειν (aitēein, “to burn”); and *uzjo (“to burn”), from *eus (“to burn”); see also Latin urere (“to singe, burn”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English embre from Old English ǣmerge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ymber (“running around, circuit”)

    From Wiktionary

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