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From Middle English cinder, sinder, from Old English sinder ‎(cinder, dross, slag, scoria, dross of iron, impurity of metal), from Proto-Germanic *sindrą, *sindraz, *sendraz ‎(dross, cinder, slag), from Proto-Indo-European *sendʰro- ‎(coagulating fluid, liquid slag, scale, cinder). Cognate with Scots sinder ‎(ember, cinder), West Frisian sindel, sintel ‎(cinder, slag), Dutch sintel ‎(cinder, ember, slag), Middle Low German sinder, sinter ‎(cinder, slag), German Sinter ‎(dross of iron, scale), Danish sinder ‎(spark of ignited iron, cinder), Swedish sinder ‎(slag or dross from a forge), Icelandic sindur ‎(scoring), Old Church Slavonic сѧдра ‎(sędra, lime cinder, gypsum). Spelling (c- for s-) influenced by unrelated French cendre ‎(ashes).



cinder ‎(plural cinders)

  1. Partially or mostly burnt material that results from incomplete combustion of coal or wood etc.
  2. An ember.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  3. Slag from a metal furnace.

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cinder ‎(third-person singular simple present cinders, present participle cindering, simple past and past participle cindered)

  1. (transitive) to reduce something to cinders


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