Definition of cinder in English:


Syllabification: cin·der
Pronunciation: /ˈsindər


  • A small piece of partly burned coal or wood that has stopped giving off flames but still has combustible matter in it.
    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.



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  • 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.

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