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ash 1

1. The grayish-white to black powdery residue left when something is burned.
2. Geology Pulverized particulate matter ejected by volcanic eruption.
3. The mineral residue of incinerated organic matter, used as an additive in pet foods.
4. ashes Ruins: the ashes of a lost culture.
5. ashes Bodily remains, especially after cremation or decay.
v. ashed, ash·ing, ash·es
To reduce or convert to ash: ash a tissue sample for analysis.
Informal To drop ashes from a cigar or cigarette: accidentally ashed on his own sleeve.

[Middle English asshe, from Old English æsce; see as- in Indo-European roots.]

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ash 2

1. Any of various chiefly deciduous trees of the genus Fraxinus, having opposite, pinnately compound leaves, clusters of small flowers, and one-seeded winged fruits.
2. The strong, elastic wood of this tree, used for furniture, tool handles, and sporting goods such as baseball bats.
3. Linguistics The letter æ in Old English and some modern phonetic alphabets, representing the vowel sound of Modern English ash.

[Middle English asshe, from Old English æsc.]
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pl n
1. ruins or remains, as after destruction or burning: the city was left in ashes.
2. the remains of a human body after cremation


pl n
(Cricket) the Ashes a cremated cricket stump in a pottery urn now preserved at Lord's. Victory or defeat in test matches between England and Australia is referred to as winning, losing, or retaining the Ashes
[from the mock obituary of English cricket in The Times in 1882 after a great Australian victory at the Oval, in which it was said that the body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia]
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بَقايا جَسَد الإنْسان، رُفات


(ӕʃ) noun
the dust etc that remains after anything is burnt. cigarette ash; the ashes of the bonfire.
ˈashen adjective
(of someone's face etc) very pale with shock etc.
ˈashes noun plural
the remains of a human body after cremation. Her ashes were scattered at sea.
ˈashtray noun
a dish or other container for cigarette ash.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
"If the telegram mean anything," he wrote, "it means that the fragments of the torn letter have been cast into the housemaid's bucket (along with the dust, the ashes, and the rest of the litter in the room), and have been emptied on the dust-heap at Gleninch.
I passed through the fence; there within were the ashes of the burnt huts--they lay ankle-deep.
So when in tears The love of years Is wasted like the snow, And the fine fibrils of its life By the rude wrong of instant strife Are broken at a blow Within the heart Do springs upstart Of which it doth now know, And strange, sweet dreams, Like silent streams That from new fountains overflow, With the earlier tide Of rivers glide Deep in the heart whose hope has died-- Quenching the fires its ashes hide,-- Its ashes, whence will spring and grow Sweet flowers, ere long, The rare and radiant flowers of song!
You were going to sleep upon cold bricks; I can give you a bed of warm ashes --nothing better.'
of all this fiery life of thine, what will at length remain but one little heap of ashes! Aye, cried Stubb, but sea-coal ashes --mind ye that, Mr.
Out of mine own ashes and glow it came unto me, that phantom.
Her betrothed only replied, 'You must come and see me next Sunday; I have already invited guests for that day, and that you may not mistake the way, I will strew ashes along the path.'
the ashes, Southern style, Hot light-bread, Southern style.
(There is nothing to be alarmed at, Magdalen; I assure you there is nothing to be alarmed at!) At any rate, it was a strange, three-legged thing, which supported a great panful of charcoal ashes at the top.
thought I, ha, as the flying particles almost choked me, are these ashes from that destroyed city, Gomorrah?
On a low stool by the hearthside, the only article of furniture in the place, sat his mother, staring into a fireplace strewn with blackened embers and cold ashes. He spoke to her--tenderly, interrogatively, and with hesitation, but she neither answered, nor moved, nor seemed in any way surprised.
In this Chapel is a marble chest, in which, they told us, were the ashes of St.