Ashes

Definitions

  • Threw a Pail of Ashes over the Fence 204
    Threw a Pail of Ashes over the Fence 204
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ashes Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or when “returned to dust” by natural decay. "Their martyred blood and ashes sow.""The coffins were broken open. The ashes were scattered to the winds."
    • Ashes The color of ashes; deathlike paleness. "The lip of ashes , and the cheek of flame."
    • Ashes The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Red Ash Red Ash
Green Ash Green Ash
Blue Ash Blue Ash
Black Ash Black Ash

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Uape Indians, who live in the Amazon, mix the ashes of their recently cremated relatives with alcohol, then all members of the family drink the mix with fond memories of the deceased
    • n.pl Ashes ash′ez the dust or remains of anything burnt: the remains of the human body when burnt:
    • n.pl Ashes ash′ez (fig.) a dead body: used to express pallor, from the colour of wood-ashes, as in 'pale as ashes,' 'ashy-pale.'—n. Ash′-buck′et, a box or bucket in which house-ashes and general refuse are collected for removal
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Quotations

  • Book Of Common Prayer
    Book Of Common Prayer
    “We therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.”
  • Anne Baxter
    Anne Baxter
    “It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.”
  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    “Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.”
  • Abigail Van Buren
    Abigail Van Buren
    “People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”

Idioms

Dine on ashes - I someone is dining on ashes he or she is excessively focusing attention on failures or regrets for past actions.
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Reduce to ashes - If something is reduced to ashes, it is destroyed or made useless. His infidelities reduced their relationship to ashes.
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Rise from the ashes - If something rises from the ashes, it recovers after a serious failure.
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Wear sackcloth and ashes - If someone displays their grief or contrition publicly, they wear sackcloth and ashes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. asche, aske, AS. asce, æsce, axe,; akin to OHG. asca, G. asche, D. asch, Icel. & Sw. aska, Dan. aske, Goth. azgo,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. asce; Ice. aska.

Usage

In literature:

We'd roll de ash cakes in wet cabbage leaves and put 'em in de hot ashes and bake 'em.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
On New Year's Day he bombarded the town and laid it in ashes from one end to the other.
"The War of Independence" by John Fiske
When the heap is completely reduced to ashes, take the ashes, and strew them in a circle around the hill Wecheganawaw.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
The protein, fat, and ash usually make up less than 2 per cent.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
And we'll be awaitin' there at the ash door, ready to push in when you open up.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
In principle the lye boil is simple, consisting in boiling the goods with a solution of soda ash, or caustic soda.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Put de ashes in a barrel wid a trough under it, an' pour de water through de ashes.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
It is made from the ash of plants, which gives it a mildness not approached by even the most expensive soaps obtainable.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The pale sunset died into the ashes of twilight.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Mr. Ashe looked over the heads of the chattering crowd in the car and met Mrs. Clyde's amused eye.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
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In poetry:

Love, beauty, youth, — all gone!
The high, heroic vow,
The buoyant hope, the fond desire,—
All ashes now!
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Descend upon my roof--
Bide on this ash content;
I would have you know what cruel woe
Befell me when you went.
"Armenian Folk-Song--The Stork" by Eugene Field
I like one little band of winds that blow
In the ash trees here:
For we are quite alone
Here 'mid the ash trees.
"La Fraisne" by Ezra Pound
Haply of that fond bosom
On ashes here impress'd,
Thou wert the only treasure, child!
Whereon a hope might rest.
"The Image In Lava" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
But man departs this earthly scene,
Ah, never to return!
No second spring shall e'er revive
The ashes of the urn.
"The Complaint of Nature" by John Logan
My cup is mingled with my woes,
And tears are my repast;
My daily bread, like ashes, grows
Unpleasant to my taste.
"Psalm 102 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

An urn containing ashes found at an Upstate car wash, is now in the hands of the family member who accidentally left it there.
A company that makes diamonds from the cremated ashes of loved ones is looking for answers after one of its overseas shipments to a grieving family turned up empty.
Ashes of cremated man found at carwash.
Ashes of cremated man found at carwash When the first story about the forgotten.
When the first story about the forgotten ashes appeared in October, genealogy buffs called and emailed the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) offering to help solve the mystery.
The group cremation option is for a mass of animals the owner doesn't want to receive the ashes from, while the ashes are returned to the owner for individual cremations.
The Sherminator (Ian Bell) Australian spinner Shane Warne mocked Bell in the 2005 Ashes series, comparing him to The Sherminator from the American Pie movies.
The ashes of Marie Curie were enshrined in the Pantheon in Paris today, making the celebrated scientist the first woman honored at the memorial dedicated to the "great men" of France.
One of Britain's most cherished maritime treasures will complete a miraculous rise from the ashes when it reopens to the public later this week.
Photography by Peter Ash Lee.
Ash is not yet in the class of former Texas stud QBs Colt McCoy, Vince Young or Major Applewhite.
Longhorns quarterback David Ash has grown as a leader, decision-maker .
Local dog lovers can breathe a sigh of relief as distemper cases have decreased in Ashe County, allowing animal control to put more stray dogs up for adoption.
Coatings and adhesives from Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc (NYSE: ASH), that are marketed to North American narrow web label, tag and wrapper converters, will now also be available from Flint Group.
Road Building Costs Expected to Rise $100 Billion without Fly Ash .
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In science:

GRB930123 flash observed by ROTSE also had the decay time of the order of dozens of seconds.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
Therefore, the exposure time of 2-10 s seems to be optimal to search for GRB related flashes.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
The data have been used thoroughly to design and tune flash recognition algorithms.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
We have chosen 10 s as a compromise between the magnitudo reach and time resolution for short flashes.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
The images are immediately analyzed while in the computer RAM in search for flashes with a rise time of the order of seconds.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
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