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1. The incombustible residue, fused into an irregular lump, that remains after the combustion of coal.
2. A partially vitrified brick or a mass of bricks fused together.
3. An extremely hard burned brick.
4. Vitrified matter expelled by a volcano.
a. A sour note in a musical performance: hit a clinker.
b. A mistake; a blunder.
c. Something of inferior quality; a conspicuous failure: a clinker of a show.
6. Chiefly British Something admirable or first-rate.
intr.v. clink·ered, clink·er·ing, clink·ers
To form clinkers in burning.
[Obsolete Dutch klinckaerd, from Middle Dutch klinken, to clink; see clink1. N., senses 5 and 6, from clink.]
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1. (Metallurgy) the ash and partially fused residues from a coal-fired furnace or fire
2. (Building) Also called: clinker brick a hard brick used as a paving stone
3. (Building) a partially vitrified brick or mass of brick
4. slang chiefly US something of poor quality, such as a film
5. slang US and Canadian a mistake or fault, esp a wrong note in music
(Metallurgy) (intr) to form clinker during burning
[C17: from Dutch klinker a type of brick, from obsolete klinckaerd, literally: something that clinks (referring to the sound produced when one was struck), from klinken to clink1]
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1. a mass of incombustible matter fused together, as in the burning of coal.
2. a hard Dutch brick, used esp. for paving.
[1635–45; < Dutch klinker kind of brick, slag]
a person or thing that clinks.
1. a wrong note in a musical performance.
2. any mistake or error.
3. something that is a failure; a product of inferior quality.
[1830–40; perhaps clinker2]
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Past participle: clinkered
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A vitreous material that collects on stove grates when coal is burned.
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|Noun||1.||clinker - a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire|
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
|2.||clinker - a hard brick used as a paving stone|
brick - rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
|Verb||1.||clinker - clear out the cinders and clinker from; "we clinkered the fire frequently"|
|2.||clinker - turn to clinker or form clinker under excessive heat in burning|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
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