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a. A small piece of burned or partly burned substance, such as coal, that is not reduced to ashes but is incapable of further combustion.
b. A piece of charred substance that can burn further but without flame.
2. cinders Ashes.
3. cinders Geology See scoria.
4. Metallurgy See scoria.
5. Slag from a metal furnace.
tr.v. cin·dered, cin·der·ing, cin·ders
To burn or reduce to cinders.

[Alteration (influenced by Old French cendre, ashes) of Middle English sinder, from Old English, slag, dross.]

cin′der·y adj.
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He did not remember hearing any birds that morning, there was certainly no breeze stirring, and the only sounds were the faint movements from within the cindery cylinder.
Even the form of a crater can but rarely be discovered on the summits of the many red cindery hills; yet the more recent streams can be distinguished on the coast, forming lines of cliffs of less height, but stretching out in advance of those belonging to an older series: the height of the cliffs thus affording a rude measure of the age of the streams.
The grey forest soil subtype of Perm Krai forest-steppe is characterized by accumulation of organic matter and cindery elements in the upper horizon, clear eluvial-illuvial differentiation of profile according to silt, ferrum oxides, and aluminium.
Death brings dust and ashes and "The cindery skull" that formed when the smoldering coal dust's "tarry/Coral cooled.
Thousands were evacuated near the volcano in Chile, and in neighboring Argentina, the cindery cloud closed roads and blanketed grazing pastures and a ski resort.