ashless

ash

1 [ash]
noun
1.
the powdery residue of matter that remains after burning.
2.
Also called volcanic ash. Geology. finely pulverized lava thrown out by a volcano in eruption.
3.
a light, silvery-gray color.
4.
ashes.
a.
deathlike grayness; extreme pallor suggestive of death.
b.
ruins, especially the residue of something destroyed; remains; vestiges: the ashes of their love; the ashes of the past.
c.
mortal remains, especially the physical or corporeal body as liable to decay.
d.
anything, as an act, gesture, speech, or feeling, that is symbolic of penance, regret, remorse, or the like.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English a(i)sshe, Old English asce, æsce; cognate with Frisian esk, Dutch asch, Old Norse, Old High German aska (German Asche), Gothic azgo < Germanic *askōn- (with Goth unexplained); akin to Latin ārēre be dry (see arid), Tocharian ās- get dry, Sanskrit ā́sa- ashes, Hittite hassi on the hearth; < Indo-European *HaHs-

ashiness, noun
ashless, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To ashless
Collins
World English Dictionary
ash1 (æʃ)
 
n
1.  the nonvolatile products and residue formed when matter is burnt
2.  See soda ash any of certain compounds formed by burning
3.  fine particles of lava thrown out by an erupting volcano
4.  a light silvery grey colour, often with a brownish tinge
 
Related: cinereous
 
[Old English æsce; related to Old Norse, Old High German aska, Gothic azgō, Latin aridus dry]

ash2 (æʃ)
 
n
1.  any oleaceous tree of the genus Fraxinus, esp F. excelsior of Europe and Asia, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and winged seeds
2.  the close-grained durable wood of any of these trees, used for tool handles, etc
3.  any of several trees resembling the ash, such as the mountain ash
4.  (Austral) any of several Australian trees resembling the ash, esp of the eucalyptus genus
 
[Old English æsc; related to Old Norse askr, Old Saxon, Old High German ask, Lithuanian uosis]

ash3 (æʃ)
 
n
the digraph æ, as in Old English, representing a front vowel approximately like that of the a in Modern English hat. The character is also used to represent this sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet

ASH (æʃ)
 
n acronym for
Action on Smoking and Health

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

ash
"powdery remains of fire," O.E. æsce "ash," from P.Gmc. *askon (cf. O.N. aska, O.H.G. asca, Ger. asche, Goth. azgo "ashes"), from PIE base *as- "to burn" (cf. Skt. asah "ashes, dust," Arm. azazem "I dry up," Gk. azein "to dry up, parch"). Symbol of grief or repentance; hence Ash Wednesday (c.1300),
from custom introduced by Pope Gregory the Great of sprinkling ashes on the heads of penitents on the first day of Lent. Meaning "mortal remains of a person" is late 13c., in reference to the ancient custom of cremation.

ash
"tree," O.E. æsc "ash tree," also "spear made of ash wood," from P.Gmc. *askaz, askiz (cf. O.N. askr, O.S. ask, M.Du. esce, Ger. Esche), from PIE base *os- "ash tree" (cf. Arm. haci "ash tree," Alb. ah "beech," Gk. oxya "beech," L. ornus "wild mountain ash," Rus. jasen, Lith. uosis "ash"). Ash
the preferred wood for spear-shafs, so O.E. æsc sometimes meant "spear" (cf. æsc-here "company armed with spears").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
ash
Additional Sponsors House
ASH
  1. Action on Smoking and Health

  2. American Society of Hematology

  3. American Society of Hypertension

  4. asymmetric septal hypertrophy

The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Easton
Bible Dictionary

Ash definition


(Heb. o'ren, "tremulous"), mentioned only Isa. 44:14 (R.V., "fir tree"). It is rendered "pine tree" both in the LXX. and Vulgate versions. There is a tree called by the Arabs _aran_, found still in the valleys of Arabia Petraea, whose leaf resembles that of the mountain ash. This may be the tree meant. Our ash tree is not known in Syria.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature