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clinker1

Syllabification: clink·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkliNGkər
 
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noun

1The stony residue from burned coal or from a furnace.
Example sentences
  • The expected decrease of duty on cement and clinker from Rs 400 per tonne to Rs 350 per tonne didn't happen.
  • At its peak the mix reaches 1, 450C before exiting as a hard, gritty material called clinker.
  • To the extent possible, the concrete mixture should incorporate Portland cement of one type, made with clinker from a single source, and manufactured at the same plant.
1.1 (also clinker brick) A brick with a vitrified surface.
Example sentences
  • Beneath the city's dense urban forest, low walls of Arroyo Seco stone and clinker brick front brown-shingled homes with porches set under graceful overhangs.
  • It will take about 1500 whole bricks, clinkers.
  • Remaindered brick packs - rough clinkers, chocolate browns, flash fired silvers - were placed randomly along the south elevation, to be laid as required.

Origin

mid 17th century: from obsolete Dutch klinckaerd (earlier form of klinker), from klinken 'to clink'.

Words that rhyme with clinker

blinker, drinker, finca, freethinker, Glinka, Inca, inker, jinker, shrinker, sinker, Soyinka, stinker, stotinka, thinker, tinker, Treblinka, winker

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clinker2

Syllabification: clink·er
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈkliNGkər/

noun

informal
1North American Something that is unsatisfactory, of poor quality, or a failure: marketing couldn’t save such clinkers as these films
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  • I was in the movie business, did some good movies, did a couple of clinkers.
  • So, updates will come a little quicker now, this was the clinker.
  • Luckily, the duo doesn't settle on such clinkers.
1.1A wrong musical note.
Example sentences
  • Suddenly, I hit an obvious clinker with my right hand - a wrong note that had never happened before and that sounded pretty stupid.
  • After so many hits, the law of averages demanded a clinker from the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, and got it with A Little Night Music.
  • It seemed to me that she wasn't traumatized at the end with the clinker.

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a person or thing that clinks): from clink1 + -er1. The current sense (with depreciatory reference) dates from the 1930s.

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