- 1The powdery residue left after the burning of a substance: cigarette ash a day’s worth of paper burned to ashesMore example sentences
- He looked over at her, raising his eyebrow, tapping his cigarette and sending burning ashes into the air.
- Rubbing cigarette ashes, powdered pumice, or a piece of walnut into spots may also help remove them.
- The three African generals sat around a table, tipping cigarette ash into a marble tray and tutting about the revolution going on outside.
- 1.2 (ashes) The remains of the human body after cremation or burning: his ashes were scattered on a Welsh mountainsideMore example sentences
- Two months after the Staff of Energy was destroyed, Will's body was burned into ashes and thrown into the Atlantic Ocean.
- A funeral director later identified the substance as human ashes.
- He is part of the team investigating what is happening to the growing volume of human ashes now removed from crematoria.
- 1.3Powdery material thrown out by a volcano: the plains have been showered by volcanic ashMore example sentences
- No absolute age was calculated for the site because it contains no volcanic ash, the material usually analyzed in such dating.
- What happened, class, is when the volcano exploded, it threw red-hot ash into the air for miles and miles around.
- The volcanic ash produced by the volcano has made the soil in surrounding areas fertile enough for almost any plant to grow.
- 1.4The mineral component of an organic substance, as assessed from the residue left after burning: coal contains higher levels of ash than premium fuelsMore example sentences
- Soap was first made by boiling goat fat, water, and ash high in potassium carbonate.
- Wheat plants grown in limed and nonlimed soil fertilized with poultry ash or potassium phosphate produced similar yields.
- The ash contains calcium and phosphorous essential to healthy milk.
(turn to) ashes in one's mouth
- (Become) something that is bitterly disappointing or worthless: they found words such as “heroic” turn to ashes in their mouths during the scandalMore example sentences
- How quickly those hopeful words turned to ashes in his mouth as barely had the phrase left his lips than Dulwich had found the net for a fifth time.
- But somewhere in most people's telling of the tale, brave Sir Roger somehow morphs into a sort of bad teddy bear, and Prince David's freedom and joy turn to ashes in his mouth.
- Micki pushed her plate back, the last mouthful of omelet turning to ashes in her mouth.
rise (or emerge) from the ashes
- Be renewed after destruction: Atlanta has risen from the ashes[compare with rise like a phoenix from the ashes (see phoenix)]More example sentences
- You will rise from the ashes of your own destruction to become more powerful than ever before.
- Symbolically as the natural ruler of Scorpio, Pluto is the phoenix bird rising from the ashes of his own self destruction.
- The company began to sell carpets and rugs direct to customers in the area from its factory shop after it rose from the ashes, and this aspect of the business has become just as important as the commercial side.
Old English æsce, aexe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch as and German Asche.
- 1 (also ash tree) A tree with silver-gray bark and compound leaves. The ash is widely distributed throughout north temperate regions where it can form forests.
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- Genus Fraxinus, family Oleaceae: many species, including the North American white ash (F. americana) and the European ash (F. excelsior)
- The woods most often used for balsamic include chestnut, ash tree, cherry, mulberry, juniper and oak.
- The hazelnut tree is associated with fertility while the ash tree carries with it the notion of barrenness.
- A tall ash tree stood out from the rest of the trees that lined the crumbling brick wall, letters carved deeply into the trunk.
- 1.1The hard pale wood of the ash tree.More example sentences
- All products are made of three types of wood: ash from the US, beech from Germany and sapele from Africa.
- Look for wooden handles made out of ash or hickory wood.
- Using thorn, apple and pear woods for heads and ash for the shafts, Philip mastered his craft, revolutionising play with shapes that, literally, broke the mould.
- 2.1The symbol æ or Æ, used in the Roman alphabet in place of the runic letter, and as a phonetic symbol. See also Æ.
Old English æsc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch es and German Esche.