There are 2 main definitions of clinker in English:

clinker1

Syllabification: clink·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkliNGkər
 
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noun

1The stony residue from burned coal or from a furnace.
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  • The expected decrease of duty on cement and clinker from Rs 400 per tonne to Rs 350 per tonne didn't happen.
  • At its peak the mix reaches 1, 450C before exiting as a hard, gritty material called clinker.
  • To the extent possible, the concrete mixture should incorporate Portland cement of one type, made with clinker from a single source, and manufactured at the same plant.
1.1 (also clinker brick) A brick with a vitrified surface.
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  • Beneath the city's dense urban forest, low walls of Arroyo Seco stone and clinker brick front brown-shingled homes with porches set under graceful overhangs.
  • It will take about 1500 whole bricks, clinkers.
  • Remaindered brick packs - rough clinkers, chocolate browns, flash fired silvers - were placed randomly along the south elevation, to be laid as required.

Origin

mid 17th century: from obsolete Dutch klinckaerd (earlier form of klinker), from klinken 'to clink'.

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There are 2 main definitions of clinker in English:

clinker2

Syllabification: clink·er
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈkliNGkər/

noun

informal
1North American Something that is unsatisfactory, of poor quality, or a failure: marketing couldn’t save such clinkers as these films
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  • I was in the movie business, did some good movies, did a couple of clinkers.
  • So, updates will come a little quicker now, this was the clinker.
  • Luckily, the duo doesn't settle on such clinkers.
1.1A wrong musical note.
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  • Suddenly, I hit an obvious clinker with my right hand - a wrong note that had never happened before and that sounded pretty stupid.
  • After so many hits, the law of averages demanded a clinker from the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, and got it with A Little Night Music.
  • It seemed to me that she wasn't traumatized at the end with the clinker.

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a person or thing that clinks): from clink1 + -er1. The current sense (with depreciatory reference) dates from the 1930s.

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