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

smoulder or (US) smolder (ˈsməʊldə)
1.  to burn slowly without flame, usually emitting smoke
2.  (esp of anger, etc) to exist in a suppressed or half-suppressed state
3.  to have strong repressed or half repressed feelings, esp anger
4.  dense smoke, as from a smouldering fire
5.  a smouldering fire
[C14: from smolder (n), of obscure origin]
smolder or (US) smolder
[C14: from smolder (n), of obscure origin]

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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
Soaking allows the chips to smolder rather than burn, generating fragrant
  clouds of flavorful wood smoke.
Most fail, some fast in a blaze of credit-card debt, some slowly in a smolder
  of obscurity.
Breathe in, through injection, skin popping and smolder are some the main ways
  to take it.
The fire was extinguished last night, but in some places the embers still
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