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  • noun Plural form of cinder.
  • noun geology fragments of lava; scoria


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  • These products of an explosive volcano are sometimes called cinders and ashes, because of their resemblance to the slag and refuse of furnaces.

    The Western United States A Geographical Reader

  • "If you can separate the cinders from the grain before the first sign of dawn, I will be your wife," she said, and left the room with her maidens.

    Folk Tales From Many Lands 1910

  • Among those buried in the cinders are the dusky-eyed heroine and her friend mother.

    The Iron Trail Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • Men, women, and children were burned, and their "cinders" thrown away, for idle words against Rome, spoken years before, for praying alone in their closets, for not kneeling to

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 07: 1561-62 John Lothrop Motley 1845

  • Besides, the cinders are a little too plentiful. "

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss 1905

  • 'Couldn't see 'em fer cinders,' he described it, and the monica stuck by me ....

    Local Color 2010

  • Grandma is up about then and is found sweeping up the street in front of the family home picking up the beer cans and shoveling away the cinders left from the fires.

    OK! Now that I know . . . . . . 2009

  • Did they not wonder of the glow a million, million cinders make in the hoarse screams of night?

    Beneath the Light of an Exploding City Robert Kloss 2011

  • If the aggregate is cinders (a by-product of burning coal), then they are called cinder blocks.

    Cinder block vs brick 2009

  • I used to imagine them falling to the ground in showers of microscopic cinders as fast as they entered his whiskey-sodden aura.

    YAH! YAH! YAH! 2010


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