cremation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cremation the incineration of a dead body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged 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 Cremation A burning; esp., the act or practice of cremating the dead. "Without cremation . . . of their bodies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Albert Einstein was cremated and his ashes were spread over a river located in New Jersey
    • n cremation The act or custom of cremating; a burning, as of the dead; incineration; incremation. The burning of the dead was common in antiquity, the corpse being imperfectly consumed on a funeral pyre, and the ashes and bones afterward placed in an urn. (See cinerary urn, under cinerary.) The revival of the practice in a more efficient manner has been advocated in recent times for sanitary reasons, and to some extent effected. Various methods of cremation have been proposed, the great difficulty being to consume the body without permitting the escape of noxious exhalations, and without defiling the ashes with foreign substances. In W. Siemens's apparatus (a modification of the plan of Sir Henry Thompson) the body is exposed to the combined action of highly heated air and combustible gases, so as to be entirely consumed without foreign admixture, while the furnace is so constructed that no noxious effluvium escapes from it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ashes of the average cremated person weigh 9 pounds.
    • n Cremation krem-ā′shun act of burning, esp. of the dead
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crematio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—cremāre, to burn.

Usage

In literature:

Cremation is general in the priesthood, but apparently optional with others of the faith.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
When cremation day comes round again, however, he is dug up, taken to a temple and burned.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
Cremation, with the Hindu, takes the place of burial.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Then a stove ignited the mass and the work of cremation began.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Cremate the cadaver together with the board upon which it is fixed.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
For all this cremation was the remedy.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888" by Various
The Burning Ghat, where cremation is going on at all hours of the day, is the first place the stranger visits.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
The ground was frozen so hard that it was impossible to dig graves for the dead and preparation was made for cremating bodies.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Cremation among Indians, 60.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
The prisoner was acquitted, and the decision has sanctioned the present practice of cremation.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
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In poetry:

‘There’s ould King Billy wid niver a stitch
‘For a month—may the drought cremate him!—
‘Bar the wan we put in his dirty head,
‘Where his old Queen Mary bate him.
"A Little Mistake" by Henry Lawson
Listen! I'll tell you about it… An orphan was Millie MacGee,
Living with Billie her brother, under the Yukon sky,
Sam, her pa, was cremated in the winter of nineteen-three,
As duly and truly related by the pen of an author guy.
"The Ballad Of The Leather Medal" by Robert W Service

In news:

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County will bury the unclaimed cremated remains of 1,656 people in a mass grave on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Garza was distressed when a cousin's son died suddenly and there were no funds available for a funeral, burial or cremation.
Profile of Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service.
Cremation - $35 per month.
The company manufactures lightweight wooden caskets for animals that can be used in burials or cremations after a pet dies.
'Til We Meet Again, a store offering personalized caskets , cremation jewelry and such, will open Sept 8 in a 2,000-square-foot space at the Greendale mall's east entrance, near Macy's.
For pet owners looking for simple cremation services, there are several businesses in Northeast Ohio ready to cater to their needs.
Cremation eyed as Chattanooga's paupers cemetery fills.
Cremation eyed as Chattanooga 's paupers cemetery fills.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home.
Cremation services were provided by Neptune Society, Orlando.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday at the Foster Funeral and Cremation Center with Pastors, Ray Block, Ron Kallem and Doug Van Wey officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave, Hood River, OR 97031.
Traditional Funerals, Out of State Burials, Cremation Services.
"We knew the community in Deltona needed and deserved a beautiful and convenient funeral home of their own," said Lowell Lohman, President and CEO of Lohman Funeral Home s, Cemeteries & Cremation.
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In science:

The anode signal is collected using a charge-sensitive preamplifier (CSP), the Cremat CR-113 with a gain of 1.5 mV/pC.
A Prototype Detector for Directional Measurement of the Cosmogenic Neutron Flux
The veto electrode is read out through the more sensitive CSP, the Cremat CR-112 with a gain of 15 mV/pC.
A Prototype Detector for Directional Measurement of the Cosmogenic Neutron Flux
The integrated photon count was measured by alternately connecting a charge-sensitive amplifier (Cremat Inc.
Efficient photon detection from color centers in a diamond optical waveguide
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