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also smoul·der (smōl′dər)
intr.v. smol·dered, smol·der·ing, smol·ders also smoul·dered or smoul·der·ing or smoul·ders
1. To burn with little smoke and no flame.
2. To exist in a suppressed state: Revolution smoldered in the masses.
3. To show signs of repressed anger or hatred.
Thick smoke resulting from a slow fire.

[Middle English smolderen, to suffocate, from smolder, smoke, probably alteration of smorther, from Old English smorian, to smoke.]


vb, n
the US spelling of smoulder


or smoul•der

(ˈsmoʊl dər)

1. to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
2. to exist or continue in a suppressed state or without outward demonstration: Hatred smoldered beneath his smile.
3. to display repressed feelings, as of indignation, anger, or the like.
4. dense smoke resulting from slow or suppressed combustion.
5. a smoldering fire.
[1275–1325; Middle English smolder dissimilated variant of smorther smother]


Past participle: smoldered
Gerund: smoldering

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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smolder - a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame; "the smoulder suddenly became a blaze"
fire - the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
Verb1.smolder - burn slowly and without a flame; "a smoldering fire"
burn, combust - undergo combustion; "Maple wood burns well"
2.smolder - have strong suppressed feelings
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"


To be in a state of emotional or mental turmoil:


(American) smolder (ˈsməuldə) verb
to burn slowly or without flame. A piece of coal had fallen out of the fire and the hearthrug was smouldering.
References in classic literature ?
They came into a room bright with windows, where a big log smoldered in a rough-stone fireplace.
Figure 10 illustrates the effect of vertical separation distance on the affinity of incense stick configurations on transition to catch fire or to smolder. The effect is noted with respect to the time taken for transition initiation.
The CPSC focused on a smolder test, because cigarettes are the source of ignition in 90% of the upholstered furniture fires that result in a fatality.
However, they warned that the crisis over eurozone governments with heavy debts "continues to smolder" and that Germany was still not doing enough to reduce its own debt load of over 80 percent of gross domestic product.
He will be forever remembered by his only devoted and loving daughter, Lisa and her husband, Ed, of Ripley; cherished and loved as Papa Doc by his grandchildren, Eddie (Brooke) Smolder of Ripley and Alicia (Jamie) Smolder Kinsey of Flemington; and great-granddaughter, Braylie Edair Smolder of Ripley.
Calling it the "red flag season" for outside fires, Chief DiLiddo said cigarette butts can smolder for hours.
Each of these products is said to exhibit outstanding scorch resistance, minimal effect upon foam processing, physical properties and cigarette smolder, as well as a favorable environmental profile.
Smolder's precise helming, flecked with straight-faced humor, is inventive enough, and beyond the callow central figure other roles are colorfully drawn.
Coils typically contain 0.3-0.4% pyrethrin insecticides by weight, with the balance being combustible materials chosen for their ability to smolder without flame.