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ash1

[ash] /æʃ/
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.
  1. deathlike grayness; extreme pallor suggestive of death.
  2. ruins, especially the residue of something destroyed; remains; vestiges:
    the ashes of their love; the ashes of the past.
  3. mortal remains, especially the physical or corporeal body as liable to decay.
  4. anything, as an act, gesture, speech, or feeling, that is symbolic of penance, regret, remorse, or the like.
Origin
950
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-
Related forms
ashiness, noun
ashless, adjective

ash2

[ash] /æʃ/
noun
1.
any of various trees of the genus Fraxinus, of the olive family, especially F. excelsior, of Europe and Asia, or F. americana (white ash) of North America, having opposite, pinnate leaves and purplish flowers in small clusters.
2.
the tough, straight-grained wood of any of these trees, valued as timber.
3.
Also, æsc. the symbol “æ.”.
Origin
before 900; Middle English asshe, Old English æsc; cognate with Frisian esk, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch asch, Old Saxon, Old High German asc (German Esche, with altered vowel from the adj. derivative eschen, Middle High German eschîn), Old Norse askr; akin to Latin ornus, Welsh onnen, Russian yásenʾ, Czech jasan, Lithuanian úosis, Armenian hatsʰi; Albanian ah beech; < Indo-European *Hoes-
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Examples from the web for ashes
  • Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool.
  • We could get all of our uranium and thorium from coal ashes and cinders.
  • It is a gift given to us locked up in the ashes burned out suns.
  • In some districts a large round cake of oat or barley meal was rolled through the ashes.
  • When the ovens turn white with heat, cooks place fresh potatoes on the ashes for baking.
  • They graze on munchies until they figure it's time to diet, and then they cover themselves with ashes and sackcloth.
  • From the droplets in a baptismal font to the scattering of ashes on a holy river, water blesses our lives.
  • The ashes of more than a hundred faithful companions are buried in the flower-filled garden.
  • She reportedly had her husband's ashes with her: he had been cremated after an autopsy.
  • She chain-smoked tiny cigars and let the ashes fall where they might.
British Dictionary definitions for ashes

ashes

/ˈæʃɪz/
plural noun
1.
ruins or remains, as after destruction or burning: the city was left in ashes
2.
the remains of a human body after cremation

Ashes

/ˈæʃɪz/
plural noun
1.
the Ashes, a cremated cricket stump in a pottery urn now preserved at Lord's. Victory or defeat in test matches between England and Australia is referred to as winning, losing, or retaining the Ashes
Word Origin
from the mock obituary of English cricket in The Times in 1882 after a great Australian victory at the Oval, in which it was said that the body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia

ash1

/æʃ/
noun
1.
the nonvolatile products and residue formed when matter is burnt
2.
any of certain compounds formed by burning See soda ash
3.
fine particles of lava thrown out by an erupting volcano
4.
a light silvery grey colour, often with a brownish tinge
See also ashes
related
adjective cinereous
Word Origin
Old English æsce; related to Old Norse, Old High German aska, Gothic azgō, Latin aridus dry

ash2

/æʃ/
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English æsc; related to Old Norse askr, Old Saxon, Old High German ask, Lithuanian uosis

ash3

/æʃ/
noun
1.
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/
noun acronym (in Britain)
1.
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Word Origin and History for ashes

ash

n.

"powdery remains of fire," Old English æsce "ash," from Proto-Germanic *askon (cf. Old Norse and Swedish aska, Old High German asca, German asche, Gothic azgo "ashes"), from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Sanskrit asah "ashes, dust," Armenian azazem "I dry up," Greek azein "to dry up, parch," Latin ardus "parched, dry"). Spanish and Portuguese ascua "red-hot coal" are Germanic loan-words.

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. Ashes meaning "mortal remains of a person" is late 13c., in reference to the ancient custom of cremation.

type of tree, Old English æsc "ash tree," also "spear made of ash wood," from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz (cf. Old Norse askr, Old Saxon ask, Middle Dutch esce, German Esche), from PIE root *os- "ash tree" (cf. Armenian haci "ash tree," Albanian ah "beech," Greek oxya "beech," Latin ornus "wild mountain ash," Russian jasen, Lithuanian uosis "ash"). Ash was the preferred wood for spear-shafts, so Old English æsc sometimes meant "spear" (cf. æsc-here "company armed with spears").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ashes

ashes

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get one's ashes hauled


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for ashes

ASHES

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ASH

  1. Action on Smoking and Health
  2. American Society of Hematology
  3. American Society of Hypertension
  4. asymmetric septal hypertrophy
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ashes in the Bible

(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.


The ashes of a red heifer burned entire (Num. 19:5) when sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean (Heb. 9:13). To cover the head with ashes was a token of self-abhorrence and humiliation (2 Sam. 13:19; Esther 4:3; Jer. 6:26, etc.). To feed on ashes (Isa. 44:20), means to seek that which will prove to be vain and unsatisfactory, and hence it denotes the unsatisfactory nature of idol-worship. (Comp. Hos. 12:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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