• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ashen anemic looking from illness or emotion "a face turned ashen","the invalid's blanched cheeks","tried to speak with bloodless lips","a face livid with shock","lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley","lips white with terror","a face white with rage"
    • adj ashen made of wood of the ash tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ashen Consisting of, or resembling, ashes; of a color between brown and gray, or white and gray. "The ashen hue of age."
    • n Ashen obs. pl. for Ashes.
    • a Ashen Of or pertaining to the ash tree. "Ashen poles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ashen Pertaining to the ash-tree or its timber; made of ash.
    • ashen Consisting of or resembling ashes; ash-colored: as, “the ashen hue of age,”
    • n ashen Obsolete plural of ash.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Ash, the tree


In literature:

He glanced at her, and saw that her cheeks and lips had turned ashen white, as she gazed steadfastly out of the window.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
MacNutt shut off the current, and kicked the charred door-sheathing, already fading from incandescence into ashen ruin, with his foot.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Some wore the ashen hue of long confinement.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
His usually ruddy face had become ashen, and his snoring was developing into a series of choking gasps.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
They were ashen grey to the lips.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In some parts of Devonshire a curious custom in connection with the Yule log is still kept up, that of burning the Ashton or ashen faggot.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
The third was of an ashen colour throughout: this was Paleness!
"The Infernal Marriage" by Benjamin Disraeli
Upon the ashen face of her husband, the stricken woman read all.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Her face was ashen pale, and she pointed with trembling finger to a name half-way down in the column.
"The Outdoor Girls at Bluff Point" by Laura Lee Hope
Thinking now this matter over, my withered cheeks lose their ashen hue, and burn again with the hot, tumultuous blood of youth and shame.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
His face was ashen grey; his arms ached with the longing to return her embrace and hold her close to his heart, but he let her go.
"The Village by the River" by H. Louisa Bedford
Her hair was that ashen blonde with no glint of gold in it.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
His face looked ashen.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
His swarthy face showed an ashen tint.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
And as ashen and more ashen grew the wrinkled old countenance, Tessibel cried out sharply in protest.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Why are his lips so ashen white?
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
His eyes were becoming glassy and his sallow cheeks were of an ashen hue.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
With an ashen brow and quivering lip, I displayed before her our best assortment of table-cloths and napkins, pillow-casing and sheeting.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
Nevertheless, the ashen-purple colour of the flower shows that its life is happy.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
Stout Pelagon then, who was his beloved companion, forced out the ashen spear from his thigh.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer

In poetry:

Care sits in many a fashion,
Grown grey on many a head,
And lips are turned to ashen
Whose years have right to red.
"The City (2)" by Archibald Lampman
But ashen hues suffice
(The long ignominy
Of inert memory)
Who stemmed from that great tree,
That flamed with fire and ice.
"The Winter Rose" by Marya Zaturenska
'What do you see in that time-touched stone,
When nothing is there
But ashen blankness, although you give it
A rigid stare?
"In The British Museum" by Thomas Hardy
Sad were the year's spring morns, and sad
Its golden summer day,
But blithe and glad its withered fields,
And skies of ashen gray;
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
All the sea is haunted with human lips
Ashen and sere and gray,
You can hear the sails of the sunken ships
Stir and shiver and sway
"The Sea" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Ambitions burn in my breast,
As the fires in a city rage;
But damp creeps over their fervid zest
And they sink away into ashen age.
"Discontent" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

9, 1643: Astronomer Sees Ashen Light of Venus.
The ashen complexion, the mustache, the frock coat, the fixed, ghostly stare: a portrait straight out of a history textbook.
A bearded, ashen Fumo appeared… (Associated…).
Junkies are junkies wherever you go, and in this gonzo doc, the ashen, frigid cityscapes of Finland are home to a busy tribe of thieving hopheads devoted to the smack stand-in Subutex.
Five stories unfold under an ashen sky.

In science:

From another viewpoint, Snowden (2000) based his ASHEN model on the argument that the knowledge comprised of multiple components (Figure 5(a)). The model supports the idea that it is easier to optimize KM strategies if they are focused on particular components of interest rather than the whole.
A theoretical foundation for building Knowledge-work Support Systems
Polanyi’s works, that all knowledge has necessarily the tacit and explicit parts. Thus, each of the five components of knowledge in Snowden’s ASHEN model has parts those falls along the KAS (Figure 5(b)).
A theoretical foundation for building Knowledge-work Support Systems