- 1Burn slowly with smoke but no flame: the bonfire still smoldered, the smoke drifting over the paddockMore example sentences
- So far she could only see fire and the ruins of houses that had already burned down or were smoldering in the flames.
- Cigarettes are designed to smoulder, to burn slowly.
- Even when the water cannon finally beat back the flames, timbers smoked and embers smouldered until rain finally fell.
- 1.1Show or feel barely suppressed anger, hatred, or another powerful emotion: Anna smoldered with indignation (as adjective smoldering) he met her smoldering eyesMore example sentences
- Asgard had seen the accusing look in Terian's face and could not meet the familiar sapphire blue eyes that suddenly smoldered with hatred.
- His dark eyes smoldered with indescribable emotion.
- His eyes smoldered with hatred and he growled, but finally his eyes dropped respectfully.
- 1.2Exist in a suppressed or concealed state: the controversy smoldered on for several years (as adjective smoldering) smoldering rageMore example sentences
- But that doesn't quite happen, either, if one is to believe the still smoldering conflicts over birth control that turn up in this study.
- This book is fascinating not because of exploding bombs and smouldering passions, but because of the perplexing subtleties it offers about a life often judged uninteresting.
- After the conflict had been smouldering for many years, it flared up again in August this year in a border dispute between Abkhazia and Georgia over the Kodori Gorge.
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- Smoke coming from a fire that is burning slowly without a flame: the last acrid smolder of his cigaretteMore example sentences
- Alexander watched the twin red-hot points of fire smoulder in the figure's flesh, but to his amazement, the wound healed before his eyes.
- The smokestacks from the factories of Tokyo were belching black smolder into already fetid air.
- But it's cozier in there; the smolder of tobacco fumes collects on the structural beams that maintain the shelter and mixes with raw breath to mildew man and trench shoring.
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- Richard, the novel's true hero, is tall, dark and smoulderingly handsome - but also cripplingly shy and reserved in that Mr Darcy sort of way that makes him seem insufferably arrogant.
- Superstar Michael Douglas and his smoulderingly beautiful wife Catherine Zeta Jones really know all about the lifestyle of the very rich and famous, writes Ken Bennett.
- Scorpio is reputedly the most sexually magnetic, smoulderingly charismatic and psychologically penetrating sign of the zodiac.
late Middle English: related to Dutch smeulen.