clinker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clinker turn to clinker or form clinker under excessive heat in burning
    • v clinker clear out the cinders and clinker from "we clinkered the fire frequently"
    • n clinker a hard brick used as a paving stone
    • n clinker a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clinker A kind of brick. See Dutch clinker, under Dutch.
    • Clinker A mass composed of several bricks run together by the action of the fire in the kiln.
    • Clinker A scale of oxide of iron, formed in forging.
    • Clinker Scoria or vitrified incombustible matter, formed in a grate or furnace where anthracite coal in used; vitrified or burnt matter ejected from a volcano; slag.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clinker That which clinks. Specifically
    • n clinker A metal-heeled shoe used in dancing jigs.
    • n clinker The partly melted and agglutinated residuum of the combustion of coal which has a fusible ash.
    • n clinker A partially vitrified brick or mass of bricks.
    • n clinker A kind of hard Dutch or Flemish brick, used for paving yards and stables.
    • n clinker Vitrified or burnt matter thrown up by a volcano.
    • n clinker A scale of black oxid of iron, formed when iron is heated to redness in the open air.
    • n clinker A deep impression of a horse's or cow's foot; a small puddle so formed.
    • clinker To form clinker; become incrusted with clinker.
    • n clinker In cricket, a ball bowled exceedingly well.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clinker the name given to the scales or globules of black oxide of iron, obtained from red-hot iron under the blows of a hammer: the slags of iron furnaces: the cindery-like masses which form the crust of some lava-flows
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From clink,; cf. D. clinker, a brick which is so hard that it makes a sonorous sound, from clinken, to clink. Cf. Clinkstone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of Click and Clank.

Usage

In literature:

And every Tuesday they served Dried Currants with Clinkers in them.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
If any doubt exists, make a drainage bed of eight inches of clinkers before starting to lay the stones.
"Making A Rock Garden" by Henry Sherman Adams
All the Deal boats, the lifeboats of course excepted, are clinker built and of yellow colour, the natural elm being only varnished.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
The stone fuses sufficiently to form a sort of clinker.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
They had opened up the fires, drawn the clinkers from the furnaces, and were now oiling the engine.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Soon they came in sight of General, Clinker, and one other of the slaves.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Clinker, or overlapping edges.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And did Clinker go well?
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
It's just as if the giants of old had made a furnace at the top of the kopje, and had been pouring the red-hot clinkers down the side.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
The Betsey is clinker-built below.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
Inkstands dry, and my old clerk, Clinker, there, has forgotten how to write English.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
Oyster shells put one at a time in a stove that is "clinkered" will clean the bricks entirely.
"Culture and Cooking" by Catherine Owen
It had bits of coal and clinker in the bottom of it.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
Take your clinker hook and level it off.
"Snow on the Headlight" by Cy Warman
These chaps get like that, and they have to get the clinkers on 'em.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Humphry Clinker and Count Fathom are both equally admirable in their way.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
They aim to pull Joe Stalin off his clinker-picking job and make him secretary here.
"Satan and the Comrades" by Ralph Bennitt
Agents, Professor Chattock and R. C. Clinker.
"Psychic Phenomena" by Edward T. Bennett
He examined this "clinker" after it cooled, and it interested him.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
At Little Bytham a very hard brick, called adamantine clinker, is made of the siliceous clay that the Romans used for similar works.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

The stoker was all agitated, too,
His poker kept wobbling about,
But he still kept on with his duty
Raking the clinkers out.
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor

In news:

Cassandra Clinker and David Roebke.
An experienced concrete petrographer and clinker microscopist , he is also proficient in the use of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.
The red rock seen in the park is often referred to as scoria but clinker is the proper geologic term for this rock, Hoganson said.
Fletcher's insulation, clinker for cement, laminates and wallboard are all being challenged by cheaper import -based goods, CEO Jonathan Ling blaming the high New Zealand and Australian dollars for the rival imports .
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