verb (used without object)
to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
to exist or continue in a suppressed state or without outward demonstration: Hatred smoldered beneath a polite surface.
to display repressed feelings, as of indignation, anger, or the like: to smolder with rage.
dense smoke resulting from slow or suppressed combustion.
a smoldering fire.
Also, smoulder.

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English smolder smoky vapor, dissimilated variant of smorther smother; (v.) Middle English (as present participle smolderende), derivative of the noun

unsmoldering, adjective Unabridged
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smolder (ˈsməʊldə)
vb, —n
the US spelling of smoulder

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Word Origin & History

c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," cognate with M.Du. smolen, Low Ger. smelen, Flem. smoel "hot," from P.Gmc. *smel-, *smul-. The meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1529, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c.
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Example sentences
The fire was still smoldering this morning, hampering rescue efforts.
Smoldering coals beneath a brick surface generated heat around the clock.
The brine also attracts the delicate, not the bitter, flavors of smoldering
  wood chips.
Smoldering debris and the possibility of additional explosive materials
  persuaded fire officials to take a cautious approach.
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