Definition of cinder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɪndə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪndər//
[usually plural]
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  • a small piece of ash or partly burnt coal, wood, etc. that is no longer burning but may still be hot The logs had turned into blackened cinders. a cinder track (= a track for runners made with finely crushed cinders) a fireplace full of glowing red cinders
  • Word OriginOld English sinder ‘slag’, of Germanic origin; related to German Sinter. The similar but unconnected French cendre (from Latin cinis ‘ashes’) has influenced both the sense development and the spelling.Idioms
    burn something to a cinder/crisp
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    to cook something for too long or with too much heat, so that it becomes badly burnt By the time I got home, the cake was burnt to a cinder.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cinder