Definition of ember in English:

ember

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛmbə
 
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noun

(usually embers)
  • A small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire: the dying embers in the grate figurative the flickering embers of nationalism
    More example sentences
    • Hunter returned to his place by Missy's side in front of the glowing embers of the dying fire laid in the black iron stove.
    • A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.
    • The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.
    Synonyms
    glowing coal, live coal; cinder; (embers) ashes, residue, clinker, charcoal

Origin

Old English ǣmyrge, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German eimuria 'pyre', Danish emmer, Swedish mörja 'embers'. The b was added in English for ease of pronunciation.

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