smoulder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smoulder burn slowly and without a flame "a smoldering fire"
    • v smoulder have strong suppressed feelings
    • n smoulder 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
    • v. i Smoulder See Smolder.
    • n Smoulder Smoke; smother. "The smolder stops our nose with stench."
    • Smoulder To burn and smoke without flame; to waste away by a slow and supressed combustion. "The smoldering dust did round about him smoke."
    • Smoulder To exist in a state of suppressed or smothered activity; to burn inwardly; as, a smoldering feud.
    • v. t Smoulder To smother; to suffocate; to choke.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smoulder See smolder, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Smoulder smōl′dėr to burn slowly or without vent
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smolderen,; cf. Prov. G. smölen, smelen, D. smeulen,. Cf. Smell
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. smolderensmolder=smor-ther, stifling smoke; cf. Smother.

Usage

In literature:

The ash-hidden flame, long smouldering, received its opportunity to burst into flame.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
Only a few smouldering embers were left, and they gave out no glow.
"The Daughter of the Chieftain" by Edward S. Ellis
Flare up thine embers, brazier, and dutifully smoulder, To kindle a brand, that I the first may strike the citadel.
"Lysistrata" by Aristophanes
The smouldering fire in Fanny Mere flamed up.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
The fuse begins to "sizz" and sputter and a spiral of smoke, like that from a smouldering fag, rises from it.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
He shaded his eyes and looked away from David into the smouldering coals.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He bustled forward to the smouldering fire and held his hands over it.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
All the same, the thought of her had been smouldering in me.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
It moved her and thrilled her, and stirred the smouldering fires of her ambition.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
I watched the sky change from palest gold to pink and then to smouldering fire.
"The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

Here when the smouldering west
Burns down into the sea,
I take no heed of rest
And keep the watch for thee.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
There in the rain and the sunshine
They lay and smouldered long;
And each, when again she viewed them,
Had turned to a living song.
"I Gave My Heart To A Woman" by William Ernest Henley
We, waiting Dead, will warm our bones
At our poor smouldering earthly fire;
And talk of wide-eyed living ones
Who have what we desire.
"To My Aging Friends" by George MacDonald
But now, as when a faint flame breaks
From out its smouldering embers,
My heart stirs in its sleep, and wakes,
And yet but half-remembers
"Reminiscence" by John Charles McNeill
Athwart the sky a lowly sigh
From west to east the sweet wind carried;
The sun stood still on Primrose Hill;
His light in all the city tarried:
The clouds on viewless columns bloomed
Like smouldering lilies unconsumed.
"London" by John Davidson
For his eyes have been full with a smouldering thought;
But he dreams of the hunts of yore,
And of foes that he sought, and of fights that he fought
With those who will battle no more -
Who will go to the battle no more.
"The Last Of His Tribe" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Jessie Young is worried a smouldering power pole will catch his barn on fire.
Fire crews, including a fire boat, are on the scene of a smouldering grain silo in North Portland.
Anger and fear still smoulder between Rohingyas and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists after the spree of arson and machete attacks that killed at least 77 people and displaced tens of thousands.
Remains of the Babine Forest Products mill smoulder after the mill was destroyed by an explosion.
Smoky Eyes Quad in Smouldering, $20 These four powders pretty much take the guess work out of creating a dark and mysterious eye.
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In science:

But instead of smouldering, the RHIC data suggests that the log blows up.
Theory at Quark Matter '02
Analysis of the species composition mass fractions showed that below 16 cm s−1 , the combustion is oxygen limited and is akin to smouldering combustion.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
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