Definition of cinder in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪndə/


1A small piece of partly burnt coal or wood that has stopped giving off flames but still has combustible matter in it: a cold hearth full of cinders
More example sentences
  • Two years ago, a couple claimed their child was burned by a flying cinder from a train.
  • Firewalking refers to the activity of walking on hot coals, rocks or cinders without burning the soles of one's feet.
  • She alone has the presence of mind to remove a burning cinder from a table full of explosives.
1.1 (cinders) Ashes.
Example sentences
  • The wheels are exposed to a lot of corrosive elements such as the dust, salt, stones, and cinders.
  • The place was a mess; all the tables were either broken or burnt to cinders.
  • I too spent happy times wandering round the ‘field’ which was mostly of dirt and cinders.
2 [mass noun] Waste matter produced by smelting or refining ore; slag.
Example sentences
  • Years ago this was the way Rowntree's disposed of its cinder waste from its incinerator - it had waiting lists of people wanting this material.
  • We are going a roundabout way to the village via an abandoned rail line with a cinder trackbed.
  • Eventually we find a new little bike path of dirt and cinder that follows the Little Patuxent river.


burnt to a cinder

Completely burnt: I like my steak burnt to a cinder
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  • It looked like 15 years of hard work burnt to a cinder.
  • It was all burnt to a cinder by the time I got back in later that night.
  • Barbecue food has that odd combination of being burnt to a cinder on the outside and retaining a raw quality in the middle.



Example sentences
  • The waves pound the coast hard enough to send a tremor through the cindery sand.
  • As the road snakes up and over the cindery shoulder of Lassen Peak, it climbs through conifer forests to lake-dotted meadows.


Old English sinder 'slag', of Germanic origin; related to German Sinter. The similar but unconnected French cendre (from Latin cinis 'ashes') has influenced both the sense development and the spelling. Compare with sinter.

Words that rhyme with cinder

Belinda, Cabinda, Clarinda, Dorinda, hinder, Kinder, Linda, Lucinda, Melinda, tinder

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Line breaks: cin¦der

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