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cinder Syllabification: cin·der
Pronunciation: /ˈsindər/

Definition of cinder in English:


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


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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