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smolder

[smohl-der] /ˈsmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
2.
to exist or continue in a suppressed state or without outward demonstration:
Hatred smoldered beneath a polite surface.
3.
to display repressed feelings, as of indignation, anger, or the like:
to smolder with rage.
noun
4.
dense smoke resulting from slow or suppressed combustion.
5.
a smoldering fire.
Also, smoulder.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English smolder smoky vapor, dissimilated variant of smorther smother; (v.) Middle English (as present participle smolderende), derivative of the noun
Related forms
unsmoldering, adjective
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Examples from the web for smolder
  • Soaking allows the chips to smolder rather than burn, generating fragrant clouds of flavorful wood smoke.
  • Do not allow the burn barrel to smolder, especially overnight.
  • When not managed properly, a pile of mint slugs will eventually smolder and burn.
  • Burn only clean, dry materials and do not let poorly fires smolder.
  • 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 smolder.
  • Teams will sometimes smolder over a loss to a lesser opponent for weeks, maybe months before getting a chance for redemption.
  • Place over medium heat until the wood begins to smolder.
  • Firefighters continued today to fight the blaze, which was expected to smolder for days.
British Dictionary definitions for smolder

smolder

/ˈsməʊldə/
verb, noun
1.
the US spelling of smoulder

smoulder

/ˈsməʊldə/
verb (intransitive)
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
noun
4.
dense smoke, as from a smouldering fire
5.
a smouldering fire
Word Origin
C14: from smolder (n), of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for smolder
v.

c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," related to Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen, Flemish smoel "hot," from Proto-Germanic *smel-, *smul-. The intransitive meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1520s, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c. Figurative sense "exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly" is from 1810. Related: Smouldered; smolderingly. Middle English also had a noun smolder meaning "smoky vapor, a stifling smoke."

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