charcoal

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English charcole, from charren (to change, turn) + cole (coal), from Old English cierran (to change, turn) + col (coal), equivalent to char +‎ coal. More at ajar, coal.

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charcoal (usually uncountable, plural charcoals)

  1. (uncountable) Impure carbon obtained by destructive distillation of wood or other organic matter, that is to say, heating it in the absence of oxygen.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[1]:
      But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries.  By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.
  2. (countable) A stick of black carbon material used for drawing.
    • 1879, Th Du Moncel, The Telephone, the Microphone and the Phonograph, page 166:
      He takes the prepared charcoal used by artists, brings it to a white heat, and suddenly plunges it in a bath of mercury, of which the globules instantly penetrate the pores of charcoal, and may be said to metallize it.
  3. (countable) A drawing made with charcoal.
  4. A very dark gray colour.
    charcoal colour:    

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Adjective[edit]

charcoal (comparative more charcoal, superlative most charcoal)

  1. Of a dark gray colour.
  2. Made of charcoal.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[2]:
      But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries.  By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.

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Verb[edit]

charcoal (third-person singular simple present charcoals, present participle charcoaling, simple past and past participle charcoaled)

  1. To draw with charcoal.
  2. To cook over charcoal.

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