cinder

\ \ [OE] Despite the similarity of form and meaning, cinder has no etymological connection with French cendre (which comes from Latin cinisashes’, and is thus related to English incinerate and cineraria, a plant so named because of the grey down on its leaves). It is a Germanic word, related to German sinterdeposit formed by evaporation’ (itself borrowed into English in the 18th century), and from Old English times until the 16th century was usually spelled with an initial s-; the c- is an adoption from French cendre. The name of the fairy-tale character Cinderella is a translation and adaptation of French cendrillon, originally a generic term for any downtrodden kitchen maid who spent much of her time among the cendres of the hearth.

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  • Cinder — Cin der (s[i^]n d[ e]r), n. [AS. sinder slag, dross; akin to Icel. sindr dross, Sw. sinder, G. sinter, D. sintel; perh. influenced by F. cendre ashes, fr. L. cinis. Cf. {Sinter}.] 1. Partly burned or vitrified coal, or other combustible, in which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cinder — (n.) O.E. sinder dross of iron, slag, from P.Gmc. *sindran (Cf. O.S. sinder, O.N. sindr, M.L.G., M.Du. sinder, O.H.G. sintar, Ger. Sinter), from PIE root *sendhro coagulating fluid. Initial s changed to c under influence of Fr. cendre …   Etymology dictionary

  • cinder — cìnder m DEFINICIJA reg. zast. upaljač, fajercajg ETIMOLOGIJA njem. Zünder …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • cinder — [n] hot ash clinker, ember, hot coal, soot; concept 260 …   New thesaurus

  • cinder — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of burnt coal or wood that has stopped giving off flames but still has combustible matter in it. DERIVATIVES cindery adjective. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • cinder — [sin′dər] n. [ME & OE sinder, dross of iron, slag < IE base * sendhro , coagulating fluid > Ger sinter, dross of iron, stalactite, sintern, to trickle, coagulate, Czech śadra, gypsum] 1. slag, as from the reduction of metallic ores 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Cinder — For other uses, see Cinder (disambiguation). Example of a cinder, found at Amboy Crater A cinder is a pyroclastic material. Cinders are extrusive igneous rocks. Cinders are similar to pumice, which has so many cavities and is such low density… …   Wikipedia

  • cinder — UK [ˈsɪndə(r)] / US [ˈsɪndər] noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms cinder : singular cinder plural cinders a) a small piece of something that has been burnt almost completely burnt to a cinder (= burnt very badly): The roast was burnt to a …   English dictionary

  • cinder — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ glowing, hot, red ▪ a fireplace full of glowing red cinders CINDER + NOUN ▪ path, track …   Collocations dictionary

  • cinder — cin|der [ sındər ] noun count usually plural a small piece of something that has been burned almost completely: burned to a cinder (=burned very badly): The roast was burned to a cinder. a. cinders plural the burned pieces left after a fire has… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cinder — noun (countable usually plural) a very small piece of burnt wood, coal etc: a cold hearth full of cinders | burnt to a cinder (=completely burnt): The cake was burnt to a cinder …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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