Definition of Ashes

1. n. pl. The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.

Definition of Ashes

1. Noun. (plural of ash) ¹

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Definition of Ashes

1. ash [v] - See also: ash

Medical Definition of Ashes

1. 1. The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal. 2. Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or when "returned to dust" by natural decay. "Their martyred blood and ashes sow." (Milton) "The coffins were broken open. The ashes were scattered to the winds." (Macaulay) 3. The colour of ashes; deathlike paleness. "The lip of ashes, and the cheek of flame." (Byron) In dust and ashes, In sackcloth and ashes, with humble expression of grief or repentance; from the method of mourning in Eastern lands. Volcanic ashes, or Volcanic ash, the loose, earthy matter, or small fragments of stone or lava, ejected by volcanoes. Origin: OE. Asche, aske, AS. Asce, aesce, axe; akin to OHG. Asca, G. Asche, D. Asch, Icel. & Sw. Aska, Dan. Aske, Goth. Azgo. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ashes

ashdump door
ashen tuber
ashen tubercle
ashen wing
asherman disease
ashes (current term)
ashes of rose

Literary usage of Ashes

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1. Transactions by American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Metallurgical Society of AIME, Society of Mining Engineers of AIME., Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (U.S.). (1916)
"Grinding Brass ashes in the Conical Ball Mill BY ARTHUR F. ... Casting-shop ashes contain the metal spilled from the crucibles during melting and pouring, ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature by William Johnson (1865)
"As the heki, thai "the ashes were made, he put them, from time to time, ... The ashes so rolled into the ing them; and highway were covered and kept ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"The mud was of the colour The depth of the crater is 421 feet, so that i of ashes, and at first very liquid, then by The accounts which have reached us of ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly (1887)
"ashes of worms applyed with honey draws oat little broken bones. For falling of the hair. Make a Lee of the ashes of Cow's Dung, wherewith wash the Head. ..."

5. Curiosities of Popular Customs and of Rites, Ceremonies, Observances, and by William Shepard Walsh (1897)
"The ashes are obtained by burning the palm branches consecrated in the ... Originally the administration of the ashes was made only to public penitents. ..."

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