• WordNet 3.6
    • adj charcoal of a very dark grey
    • v charcoal draw, trace, or represent with charcoal
    • n charcoal a stick of black carbon material used for drawing
    • n charcoal a drawing made with a stick of black carbon material
    • n charcoal a very dark grey color
    • n charcoal a carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Henry Ford, father of the Automobile, is also father of the charcoal briquette.
    • Charcoal (Fine Arts) Finely prepared charcoal in small sticks, used as a drawing implement.
    • Charcoal Impure carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances; esp., coal made by charring wood in a kiln, retort, etc., from which air is excluded. It is used for fuel and in various mechanical, artistic, and chemical processes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n charcoal Coal made by subjecting wood to a process of smothered combustion; more generally, the carbonaceous residue of vegetable, animal, or combustible mineral substances which have been subjected to smothered combustion. Wood-charcoal is used as fuel and in the manufacture of gunpowder, and, from its power of absorbing gases, as a disinfectant and also as a filter. The different kinds of charcoal are employed for many purposes in the arts. See carbon and coal.
    • n charcoal A pencil of charcoal, used by artists.
    • charcoal To blacken, write, or draw with charcoal; execute in charcoal: as, to charcoal one's eyebrows.
    • charcoal To suffocate with the fumes of charcoal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charcoal chär′kōl charred wood or coal made by charring wood; the carbonaceous residue of vegetable, animal, or mineral substances when they have undergone smothered combustion.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Char (v. t.), to burn or to reduce to coal, and Coal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The first element of the word is of doubtful origin.


In literature:

In the towns of this country the only fuel now to be had is charcoal.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
The charcoal and sand were renewed twice a week.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
Columns of smoke rose out of the dark foliage from the pits of the charcoal burners.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Here they found some charcoal and pine branches, so that they soon made a fire.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The body of the shogun is buried twenty feet deep in a bed of charcoal.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Different substances have been used as filters, the most generally used being charcoal.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
They were headed by two men, one dressed as a charcoal-burner, the other as a mason.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
If coffee or charcoal internally?
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Whilst he was doing so, a charcoal-burner with his dog came up.
"The True Story Book"
It is this gas that is produced by burning charcoal in a confined portion of common air.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Earthenware pans of charcoal, used for cooking, can be carried upstairs for warmth.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
IN the middle of a great forest there lived a long time ago a charcoal-burner and his wife.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
Was this fact due to the merits of lime, charcoal, or urine?
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
This was a charcoal man who happened along just then, driving an empty charcoal cart.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
Broil them over a very clear or charcoal fire; put into the dish a little minced shalot, a table-spoonful of ketchup.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Lay it on a gridiron over a charcoal fire, and, turning it, do the same to that side as the other.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Why will fresh plaster harden quicker by burning charcoal in an open vessel near it?
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
It may be worth while to examine the properties of the charcoal with this view.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
The charcoal-burner, Peter Munk, thought long and oft of these men as he sat alone among the pine-trees.
"The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart" by Adelbert von Chamisso
Hibachi, a brazier for burning charcoal, 30, 72, 136, 307.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon

In poetry:

Humble home. But rum, and charcoal
Grog of sketches on the wall,
And the cell becomes a mansion,
And the garret is a hall.
"Humble home. But rum, and charcoal..." by Boris Pasternak
Forest strong sandals
burnt geometry fingers
around a fire
reading history in blackened
books, charcoal sentence
in moot splendor
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Taxi September along Jessore Road
Oxcart skeletons drag charcoal load
past watery fields thru rain flood ruts
Dung cakes on treetrunks, plastic-roof huts
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
A phrase by Sappho, or a violin
Made at Cremona—all the bits of clay
That Palissy burned deathless color in—
The crudest charcoal sketches of Millet,—
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson
How baseless is the mightiest earthly pride,
The diamond is but charcoal purified,
The lordliest pearl that decks a monarch's breast
Is but an insect's sepulchre at best.
"Earthly Pride" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
To drop from the charcoal-burners ' huts,
Or climb from the hemp-dressers' low shed,
Leave the grange where the woodman stores his nuts,
Or the wattled cote where the fowlers spread
Their gear on the rock's bare juts.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning

In news:

Royal Oaks Charcoal Plant fire/KRCG 13.
Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal has appealing illustrations created using charcoal on paper and digital collage.
Set up your charcoal grill for indirect grilling (if you have a gas grill , see above) and heat it to 350 degrees.
If you use charcoal, push it to one side, leaving an area where the chops can cook without direct heat underneath.
Prepare a charcoal grill for indirect heat.
If you're buying a new (or your first) grill , the first thing you'll need to decide is which kind, gas or charcoal.
Prepare a hot charcoal fire, preheat a gas grill to high, or heat a large grill pan over high heat.
Give me a bag of charcoal and a Weber, and I'm happy to grill just about anything.
Could a charcoal grill work which had a thin metal plate under the grill .
Fire Chief Paul Milositz warned Wiltonians today of the dangers of operating a generator or gas or charcoal grill in a garage or other enclosed area near a home.
An image from Robert Longo's new book, "Charcoal.".
A charcoal grill is to blame for a Keokuk apartment fire.
New York Giants Charcoal Heart and Soul T-shirt.
Get great results with these GHRI-tested outdoor grills in gas and charcoal.
Serving Argentinean cuisine, the restaurant features handmade pastas, free-range steaks cooked on a charcoal grill and an intriguing Argentinean wine list.

In science:

Gas lightning made use of natural gas or charcoal gas.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
We have succeeded removing 222Rn from gas phase using cooled (−100◦C) activated charcoals with more than 90% efficiency, however as the flow rate of gas circulation is limited by the cooling power of the condenser, Rn removal from liquid is preferable.
Cold trap with charcoal filter operated just above the boiling point of methane, or 112K.
Review of the Technical Issues Associated with the Construction of a Solar Neutrino TPC
A cold trap with a charcoal filter, similar to what has been implemented in the GNO experiment will be used.
Review of the Technical Issues Associated with the Construction of a Solar Neutrino TPC
Activated charcoal or some other catalyst is needed to accelerate the ortho/para conversion.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
Two shields, made by charcoal coated copper tube held at 4 K, pumped the helium leaking out of the orifice.
Formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics
Thus, end of 2004, a Radon-tight structure surrounding the detector has been installed and free-Radon air passing through charcoal at low temperature (-50C) has been flushed inside this buffer volume in order to reduce the observed Radon contamination inside the detector.
Review of double beta experiments
The idea is to concentrate Radon emanation into a Radon trap like active charcoal or organic zeolith and then to measure Radon from the trap.
Review of double beta experiments
The usual technique (Radon trap by active charcoal at −50 degrees) can be applied to purify Helium gas.
Review of double beta experiments
The CPPM group in cooperation with chemistry laboratories, is studying the best adapted charcoal or organic zeolith able to trap Radon and not Argon nor alcohol. 5.
Review of double beta experiments
Charcoal adsorbers remove impurities from the gas before it enters the main heat exchanger cycles.
A High Power Hydrogen Target for Parity Violation Experiments
This experimental result is qualitatively similar to that obtained for water in Charcoal : in both cases the elastic deformations are much more important in the hysteresis region.
Influence of Elastic Strains on the Adsorption Process in Porous Materials. An Experimental Approach
For water in Charcoal this behavior is clearly related to the shape of the hysteresis: the adsorbed amount before capillary condensation is very small.
Influence of Elastic Strains on the Adsorption Process in Porous Materials. An Experimental Approach