ember

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ember a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ember A lighted coal, smoldering amid ashes; -- used chiefly in the plural, to signify mingled coals and ashes; the smoldering remains of a fire. "He rakes hot embers .""He takes a lighted ember out of the covered vessel."
    • a Ember Making a circuit of the year of the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year; as, ember fasts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ember A small live coal, brand of wood, or the like; in the plural, live cinders or ashes; the smouldering remains of a fire.
    • n ember Literally, a circuit; a course; specifically, a regular (annual, quarterly, etc.) course; the regular return of a given season: a word now used only in certain compounds, namely, ember-days, -eve, -fast, -tide, -week, and in the derivative embering. See the etymology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ember em′bėr a live piece of coal or wood: chiefly in pl. red-hot ashes: smouldering remains of a fire.
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Quotations

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “I stay a little longer, as one stays, to cover up the embers that still burn.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ymber, AS. ymbren, ymbryne, prop., running around, circuit; ymbe, around + ryne, a running, fr. rinnan, to run. See Amb-, and Run
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ǽmerge; Ice. eimyrja. The b is simply euphonic.

Usage

In literature:

Abbe Mouret smiled as he stirred the burning embers of his vine-stock fire.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The parallel to the rite of the Hirpi is complete, except that red-hot stones, not the pyre of pine-embers, is used in Fiji.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
The embers on the hearth had expired, and the fireplace was a sooty, black cavern.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
No embers brightened the huge chimney.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Likely the wee folk would come and dance beside the embers of his camp fire.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Like a ruddy ember it lay in his hand.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
By the fire Carl smoked and stared at the dying embers.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
As the blazing embers fall between the logs, keep adding more wood.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
What means this melancholy light, that seems The gloom of glowing embers?
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
At last she gave up her spying attitude, closed the telescope, and turned to the decaying embers.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
The burning embers might set fire to those buildings!
"The Mystery at Putnam Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
The red glow of the smouldering embers behind was no longer sufficient to light their path.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
The tobacco-tongs were more properly called ember-or brand-tongs.
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson
The embers on the hearth glowed again, casting a dull light over the chamber.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
With a quick, firm step, she carried the rolled-up paper to the stove and shoved it far into the glowing embers.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
Bruce had brought out cigars and the red embers glowed companionably.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Separated from Susan by a pile of scarlet embers stood a young girl, a large spoon in her hand.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
A stick breaking, some of the red-hot embers scattered round.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
She saw him stand for a little time observing his waning heaps of embers before he faced about to return once more to his seat.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Once more the smoldering embers were showing red flames!
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

Paracelsus.
'T is the melancholy wind astir
Within the trees; the embers too are grey:
Morn must be near.
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
Will you remember
What I forget?--
Words, each an ember,
That you regret?
Now in November,
Now we have met?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
The flame in the dying embers
Flickers with shadowy fall,
And the senseless wood remembers
And glows memorial.
"Lines - I" by Manmohan Ghose
This passion is but an ember
Of a Sun, of a Fire, long set;
I could not live and remember,
And so I love and forget.
"Lines" by Laurence Hope
By his kind hand the shaken reed
Shall raise its falling frame:
The dying embers shall revive,
And kindle to a flame.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
How well my heart remembers
Beside these camp-fire embers
The eyes that smiled so far away,--
The joy that was November's.
"Lese-Amour" by John Hay

In news:

Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Local artist and Mountain Shadows resident Steve Weed is creating paintings using the embers from the Waldo Canyon fire.
Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Red's Valley into the very outskirts of Mammoth, Inyo National Forest officials said it is time to reduce the fire risk in the Lakes Basin .
The ban does not include outdoor grilling, welding, or the burning of trash in approved containers with coverings that prevent embers or sparks from escaping.
Flying embers spark fire on second barn.
Chimney embers sparked Upper Makefield house fire.
ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce presents "Circus of the Dead," a mystery dinner theater on Sunday, Nov-ember 4 at 2 pm at Wolff's 1910 Catering Hall at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club.
Misplaced embers cause deadly fire.
Embers, A Jazz Opera in Poems.
IN some fashion quarters, enthusiasm for old-school heritage style is fading like embers.
Caused by embers from fireplace .
The fire was caused by burning embers from the fireplace .
Button Wagon's Ember Bria and Matthew "Poki" McCorkle presented Trash Rabbit.
M embers of Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad say Israel has warned the militant group's two top leaders against trying to enter the Gaza Strip this week.
Ember was rescued by PG&E employee Evan Cliff after the kitten was stranded atop a utility pole in West Sacramento for several days.
CALFIRE crews were burning brush to 'prevent' wildfires when an ember blew away.
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In science:

We presently see mainly the fading embers of the cosmic fireworks show, but it has left us a rich fossil record to study, and we can compare this record with the star formation activity that we can still observe in many locations.
Summary: Modes of Star Formation
The total membership of the NWWG’s comprise 130 scientists from ESA m ember states; 70 scientists in non-member s ta tes; and some 10 industries.
The World Space Observatory Project (WSO/UV)
Ellingson et al. (2001) investigate blue fractions of CNOC1 galaxies using spectroscopically confirmed m embers, however, the radius constraint they adopted is a dynamically determined value, R200 , the radius within which the average cluster density is 200 times the critical density (e.g., Carlberg et al. 1996, 1997).
The Evolution of [OII] Emission from Cluster Galaxies
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