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ember

[em-ber] /ˈɛm bər/
noun
1.
a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire.
2.
embers, the smoldering remains of a fire.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English eemer, emeri, Old English ǣmerge, ǣmyrie (cognate with Old Norse eimyrja, Old High German eimuria), equivalent to ǣm- (cognate with Old Norse eimr steam) + -erge, -yrie, akin to Old English ys(e)le ember, Latin ūrere to burn
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  • There is no indication that a single ember of any tribe died as a result of this single action.
  • Now the fire is but smoke and ember, the neon anemic, the dragon feeble and more of shadow than of substance.
  • Amidst the ashes of the dot coms, one ember of the computing economy remains red hot: bioinformatics.
  • ember has consistently gained weight over the last month.
  • The site also should be downwind from the sleeping area to prevent catching a tent or sleeping bag on fire from a spark or ember.
  • List for a transplant procedure for which ember has not received approved program status.
  • All exterior vents designed to prevent ember intrusion.
British Dictionary definitions for ember

ember

/ˈɛmbə/
noun
1.
a glowing or smouldering piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire
2.
the fading remains of a past emotion: the embers of his love
Word Origin
Old English ǣmyrge; related to Old Norse eimyrja ember, eimr smoke, Old High German eimuria ember
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Word Origin and History for ember
n.

Old English æmerge "ember," merged with or influenced by Old Norse eimyrja, both from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon- "ashes" (cf. Middle Low German emere, Old High German eimuria, German Ammern); a compound from *aima- "ashes" (from PIE root *ai- "to burn;" see edifice) + *uzjo- "to burn" (from PIE root *eus- "to burn;" cf. Latin urere "to burn, singe"). The -b- is intrusive.

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