from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To burn with little smoke and no flame.
- intransitive v. To exist in a suppressed state: Revolution smoldered in the masses.
- intransitive v. To show signs of repressed anger or hatred.
- n. Thick smoke resulting from a slow fire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To burn with no flame and little smoke.
- v. To show signs of repressed anger or suppressed mental turmoil or other strong emotion, such as passion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To burn and smoke without flame; to waste away by a slow and supressed combustion.
- intransitive v. To exist in a state of suppressed or smothered activity; to burn inwardly.
- transitive v. To smother; to suffocate; to choke.
- n. Smoke; smother.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To burn and smoke without flame; be smothery.
- Hence To exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly, without outward demonstration as a thought, passion, and the like.
- To suffocate; smother.
- To discolor by the action of fire.
- n. Slow or suppressed combustion; smoke; smother.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame
- v. have strong suppressed feelings
- v. burn slowly and without a flame
Middle English smolderen, to suffocate, from smolder, smoke, probably alteration of smorther, from Old English smorian, to smoke.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)