- 1A combustible black or dark brown rock consisting mainly of carbonized plant matter, found mainly in underground deposits and widely used as fuel: [as modifier]: a coal fireMore example sentences
- Thus, an industrially valuable coal seam requires special conditions to accumulate.
- Surface mining began in the United States in the late eighteenth century, when farmers and others dug coal from exposed coal seams on hillsides and stream banks.
- The breathing of coal and rock dust causes black lung, the common name given to the lung diseases pneumoconiosis and silicosis.
- 1.1A red-hot piece of coal or other material in a fire: the glowing coalsMore example sentences
- Finally, his neck stiff from looking up, the Professor returned to studying the glowing coals of the fire.
- After crossing the smoking bed of glowing coals, the fire walkers put their feet into a small side pit filled with milk.
- A dying fire burned nearby, its coals still glowing crimson.
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- Provide with a supply of coal: (as noun coaling) the coaling and watering of the engineMore example sentences
- After coupling to the coach, No. 823 was coaled manually and then had to reverse down the shed road to be oiled and greased for the return journey.
- It was shown in 1960 at Lambton shop track, with contractor's employee about to coal her up.
- Details range from swimming instruction for boy seaman recruits at HMS Ganges to how Naval vessels were coaled.
coals to Newcastle
- Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful.More example sentences
- Although it might sound a bit like selling coals to Newcastle, exporting daffodils to Holland is exactly what bulb growers in Britain are now doing.
- It takes a certain kind of cheek for a Russian opera company to bring Carmen to Paris - the operatic equivalent of coals to Newcastle.
- It smacks of taking coals to Newcastle but the Forestry Commission hopes it is on to a money spinner by sending wood to Scandinavia.
rake (or haul) someone over the coals
- Reprimand someone severely.More example sentences
- I would hope Bertie has hauled him over the coals and, if he hasn't, it shouldn't be too late even now for him to do so.
- Yesterday the Assistant Speaker spent a lot of time in the House hauling me over the coals for apparently using unparliamentary language.
- Having been hauled over the coals by both the media and the Treasury Select Committee for its disastrous investment policy, he is now determined to rebuild the firm's reputation.
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- This facies comprises interlaminated to interbedded, dark grey to black carbonaceous claystone and coaly stringers that often grade vertically and laterally into economically exploitable coal seams.
- If coaly or oily material is present in samples the DMSO may become very dark, but this does not appear to affect its effectiveness when re-used.
- A repeating sequence of fining-upward sediments commonly capped by coaly layers is indicative of fluvial sediments.
Old English col (in the senses 'glowing ember' and 'charred remnant'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kool and German Kohle. The sense 'combustible mineral used as fuel' dates from Middle English.