Meaning of ash


Pronunciation: (ash), [key]
— n.
  1. the powdery residue of matter that remains after burning.
  2. finely pulverized lava thrown out by a volcano in eruption.
  3. a light, silvery-gray color.
  4. the ashes of their love; the ashes of the past.
    1. deathlike grayness; extreme pallor suggestive of death.
    2. ruins, esp. the residue of something destroyed; remains; vestiges:the ashes of their love; the ashes of the past.
    3. mortal remains, esp. the physical or corporeal body as liable to decay.
    4. anything, as an act, gesture, speech, or feeling, that is symbolic of penance, regret, remorse, or the like.


Pronunciation: (ash), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various trees of the genus Fraxinus, of the olive family, esp. F. excelsior, of Europe and Asia, or F. americanaof North America, having opposite, pinnate leaves and purplish flowers in small clusters.
  2. the tough, straight-grained wood of any of these trees, valued as timber.
  3. the symbol “æ.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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