• WordNet 3.6
    • v smolder burn slowly and without a flame "a smoldering fire"
    • v smolder have strong suppressed feelings
    • n smolder a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame "the smoulder suddenly became a blaze"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Smolder Smoke; smother. "The smolder stops our nose with stench."
    • Smolder To burn and smoke without flame; to waste away by a slow and supressed combustion. "The smoldering dust did round about him smoke."
    • Smolder To exist in a state of suppressed or smothered activity; to burn inwardly; as, a smoldering feud.
    • v. t Smolder To smother; to suffocate; to choke.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smolder To burn and smoke without flame; be smothery.
    • smolder Hence To exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly, without outward demonstration as a thought, passion, and the like.
    • smolder To suffocate; smother.
    • smolder To discolor by the action of fire.
    • n smolder Slow or suppressed combustion; smoke; smother.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Smolder =Smoulder (q.v.).
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Man loves company, even if it is only that of a smoldering candle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smolderen,; cf. Prov. G. smölen, smelen, D. smeulen,. Cf. Smell


In literature:

The few smoldering embers, gleaming like a demon's eye, guided him, however, to the spot.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
There was a single figure sitting at one side of the smoldering wood.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
His rigid face and smoldering eyes, his grim lips, terrified us all.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The glass secondary door shot up to permit me to enter, and Eitel gripped my shoulder anxiously, his eyes smoldering angrily.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Off in one corner the blackened timbers and jumbled bits of furniture were stubbornly smoldering.
"Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts" by Roy Rutherford Bailey
The huge oil tanks soon were in flames and Ciezkovice a heap of smoldering ruins.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Fires were smoldering in many parts and not a house was left intact.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
His anger was to be feared because it smoldered long, rather than because it exploded into quick violence.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
His eyes seemed to be smoldering like embers just ready to blaze.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
A smoldering fire began to burn, which seemed to deepen their weakly coloring.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

The weeping willow shook its head
And stretched its shadow long;
The west grew crimson, the sun smoldered red,
The birds forbore a song.
"In The Willow Shade" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Motionless, encircled by fiery roses,
The living altar of the cosmos smolders
And in its smoke, as in creative slumber,
All forces quiver, eternity's a dream.
"By Life Tormented" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
The years will pass until we comprehend him!
The Death itself reveals his fame:
The smoldering fire and roar of waves
uncovers his fiery soul and boundless heart!
"Napoleon" by Nikoloz Baratashvili
I heard a vesper-sparrow sing,
Withdrawn, it seemed, into the far
Slow sunset's tranquil cinnabar;
The crimson, softly smoldering
Behind the trees, with its one star.
"Dusk In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
From somewhere close by, rises the warmth of your breath
and in its own aroma smolders, slowly, bit by bit.
Far-off, across the horizon, dropp by glistening drop
Falls the dew of your beguiling glance.
"Wasteland Of Solitude" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
When in the shadows, like a rain of gold,
The fireflies stream steadily; and bright
Along the moss the glowworm, as of old,
A crawling sparkle—like a crooked light
In smoldering vellum—scrawls a square of night,—
"Phantoms" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

SL firemen warm to state mandates, others smolder .
Mother and son escape smoldering house in South Toledo.
Allegations point to smoldering covert war with US.
Tobacco ads have critics smoldering .
Smoldering Patti Smith Burns Through Bland Bio.
Smoldering Indonesia from the January 9, 1997 issue.
Smoldering Rage And No Apologies.
A Jefferson Fire District No 10 truck drove about 50 yards from a house to help put out a smoldering grass fire on Wednesday, March 23 near 126th Street and Nemaha Road.
Hogwarts is a smoldering ruins.
The actress smoldered with dark eyes, nude lips and tousled locks.
Smoldering starlet dishes to mag and dons barely-there duds for sizzling shoot.
Bales still smoldering, owners believe cause was arson.
Cat Martino's Swirling, Smoldering, Sufjan-Assisted "Yr Not Alone".
The book "Fifty Shades of Gray" has been getting a lot of attention lately for being a smoldering tale in which the heroine employs rope for S&M play.
A smoldering pile of trash caused traffic problems near Topeka's Forbes Field Friday morning.

In science:

Another solution for removing continuous RFI is spatial filtering by eigenvalue decomposition (Leshem et al. 2000; Smolders & Hampson 2002; Ellingson & Hampson 2002), which disentangles the contribution of sources from different directions, and subsequently removes the contributions from the direction of interference.
Post-correlation filtering techniques for off-axis source and RFI removal