Definition of Clinker

1. Noun. A fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire.

Exact synonyms: Cinder
Generic synonyms: Fragment

2. Verb. Clear out the cinders and clinker from. "We clinkered the fire frequently"
Generic synonyms: Clean Out, Clear Out

3. Noun. A hard brick used as a paving stone.
Exact synonyms: Clinker Brick
Generic synonyms: Brick

4. Verb. Turn to clinker or form clinker under excessive heat in burning.
Generic synonyms: Change

Definition of Clinker

1. n. A mass composed of several bricks run together by the action of the fire in the kiln.

Definition of Clinker

1. Noun. A very hard brick used for paving customarily made in the Netherlands. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A mass of bricks fused together by intense heat. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

3. Noun. Slag or ash produced by intense heat in a furnace, kiln or boiler that forms a hard residue upon cooling. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

4. Noun. Hardened volcanic lava. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. A scum of oxide of iron formed in forging. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

6. Noun. Someone or something that clinks. ¹

7. Noun. (in the plural) Fetters. ¹

8. Noun. Someone or something that clinches. ¹

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Definition of Clinker

1. to form fused residue in burning [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clinker

clinid fish
clinker (current term)
clinker block
clinker blocks
clinker brick

Literary usage of Clinker

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1. Cements, Limes, and Plasters: Their Materials, Manufacture, and Properties by Edwin Clarence Eckel (1905)
"THE clinker, issuing hot from the rotary kilns, must be very finely ground in ... This involves cooling the clinker previous to grinding; otherwise the hot ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
"HUMPHREY clinker 1771 A party novel written by that profligate hireling Smollett to vindicate the Scots and cry down juries. ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1898)
"Though 'Humphrey clinker' may not altogether meet modern requirements as a ... The plot of 'Humphrey clinker' is perfectly clean; but in many places it is ..."

4. Cements, Limes, and Plasters: Their Materials, Manufacture, and Properties by Edwin Clarence Eckel (1922)
"Steaming or sprinkling the unground clinker requires less space and labor, but care must be ... Simple storage of the clinker, with free access to the air, ..."

5. Materials of Construction: Their Manufacture, Properties, and Uses by Adelbert Philo Mills (1915)
"The utilization of the heat carried off by the hot clinker is quite common in German practice and is becoming more so in this country. ..."

6. The Materials of Construction: A Treatise for Engineers on the Strength of by John Butler Johnson (1904)
"Burning the clinker.—Until within a few years all Portland cement was burned in vertical kilns of either the intermittent or of the ..."

7. The Mineral Industry by Richard Pennefather Rothwell (1903)
"A tower of this description will cool the clinker so that it can be readily ... The fact has developed incidentally, however, that clinker which has been ..."

8. Collection and Disposal of Municipal Refuse by Rudolph Hering, Samuel Arnold Greeley (1921)
"Garbage alone, burned with coal, produces very little clinker, but mostly fine ... Marked improvements in apparatus for handling clinker and ash have been ..."

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