a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire.
embers, the smoldering remains of a fire.

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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ember (ˈɛmbə)
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
[Old English ǣmyrge; related to Old Norse eimyrja ember, eimr smoke, Old High German eimuria ember]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. æmerge "ember," merged with or infl. by O.N. eimyrja, both from P.Gmc. *aim-uzjon "ashes" (cf. Ger. Ammern), from *aima- "ashes" + *uzjo "to burn," from PIE base *ai- "to burn." The -b- is intrusive.
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Example sentences
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.
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