Meaning of cinder

cin•der

Pronunciation: (sin'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. a partially or mostly burned piece of coal, wood, etc.
    1. any residue of combustion; ashes.
    2. Geol.coarse scoriae erupted by volcanoes.
  2. a live, flameless coal; ember.
    1. slag (def. 1).
    2. a mixture of ashes and slag.
—v.t.
  1. to spread cinders on: The highway department salted and cindered the icy roads.
  2. to reduce to cinders.
—v.i.
  1. to spread cinders on a surface, as a road or sidewalk: My neighbor began cindering as soon as the first snowflake fell.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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