Definition of charcoal in English:
1A porous black solid, consisting of an amorphous form of carbon, obtained as a residue when wood, bone, or other organic matter is heated in the absence of air.
- When burnt, charcoal gives off carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space.
- Carbon, in the forms of charcoal, graphite, and diamond, was one of the earliest elements known to man.
- He also proved that diamond and charcoal both consist of carbon atoms, so are chemically identical.
1.2Charcoal used for drawing: a selection of works in pencil and charcoal [count noun]: with a thick charcoal he traced out the line of the front
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- They include such materials as soil, sand, rice flour, ash, white cement, charcoal or pigment, rubbed onto paper or canvas.
- These 60 drawings show Picasso's work on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink and gouache.
- Since then, Jayant has dabbled with oil on canvas, watercolour, charcoal, acrylic, clay and plaster of Paris.
1.3 [count noun] A drawing made with charcoal.
- On view until October 29, the exhibit presents 55 of the 300 known watercolors, pastels and charcoals by the late artist - many of which have never been seen before.
- His first two solo shows were a blizzard of styles, combining watercolours and charcoals, landscapes and portraits, and religious paintings crafted lovingly by a committed atheist.
- If a visitor familiar with the charcoals had come in not knowing this was a show of Weiss's prints, it would have become apparent only when she or he came face to face with the central image in Thoughts, a lithograph.
1.4A dark grey colour: charcoal cord trousers
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- The sky was a deep charcoal gray outside of the bus.
- In the distance, bare branches sketched a thin pencil outline against the charcoal gray sky.
- High cheekbones emphasized her straight nose, full lips, and stunning charcoal gray eyes.
late Middle English: probably related to coal in the early sense 'charcoal'.
Definition of charcoal in:
- US English dictionary
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