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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ashen
adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Lisa's face had turned ashen.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But Karen is just standing there, ashen.
▪ He could see his reflection, turned gaunt and ashen, in the fragment of mirror propped against the lavatory window.
▪ His eyes were closed, his face was an ashen colour, and there were beads of sweat on his forehead.
▪ I dozed fitfully until morning, when I awake feeling knackered; my spouse looked worried and ashen in sympathy.
▪ I saw a group walking towards me through the ashen darkness.
▪ Mr Lehman turned ashen and thin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ashen

Ashen \Ash"en\, a. [See Ash, the tree.] Of or pertaining to the ash tree. ``Ashen poles.''
--Dryden.

Ashen

Ashen \Ash"en\, a. Consisting of, or resembling, ashes; of a color between brown and gray, or white and gray.

The ashen hue of age.
--Sir W. Scott.

Ashen

Ashen \Ash"en\, n., obs. pl. for Ashes.
--Chaucer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ashen

"made of ash wood," c.1300; see ash (n.2) + -en (2); meaning "ash-colored, whitish-gray, deadly pale" is 1808, from ash (n.1).

Wiktionary
ashen

a. 1 Made from the wood of the ash-tree. 2 Of or resembling ashes. 3 Ash-colored; pale; anemic.

WordNet
ashen
  1. adj. ash-colored or anemic looking from illness or emotion; "a face turned ashen"; "the invalid's blanched cheeks"; "tried to speak with bloodless lips"; "a face livid with shock"; "lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley; "lips white with terror"; "a face white with rage" [syn: blanched, bloodless, livid, white]

  2. made of wood of the ash tree

Wikipedia
Ashen

Ashen could mean:

Adjectival
  • Made from ash-wood
  • Having a colour resembling ash (the unburnable solid remains of a fire). In a medical context, ashen equate with cyanosis, referring to a bluish hue resulting from a lack of oxygenation of hemoglobin in the blood.
Places
  • Ashen, Essex
Music, media and entertainment
  • Ashen, a demo by the funeral doom metal band Celestiial
  • Ashen (2004 video game), a game for N-Gage developed by Torus
  • Ashen (Xbox One video game)
Other
  • Ashen light, a subtle glow that is seen from the night side of the planet Venus.
People
  • Stuart Ashen, (aka Ashens) a British Comedian and YouTuber.
  • Ashen Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
Ashen (2004 video game)

Ashen is a supernatural horror-themed FPS developed exclusively for the N-Gage platform by Torus Games and published by Nokia on May 25, 2004.

Ashen (upcoming video game)

Ashen is an open world survival, combat and exploration based videogame set in a fantasy environment in development for the Xbox One console.

Usage examples of "ashen".

He had always liked and respected Roland, and was appalled by this ashen and haggard man sitting his horse before him.

Without warning, contrary to his custom of consulting the other officers, Bering appeared on deck pallid and ashen from disease, and peremptorily ordered anchors up.

The man, reed thin and ashen, bobbled the pack from his shoulder, losing his black cap in the process.

After them from Cecropia came warlike Butes, son of brave Teleon, and Phalerus of the ashen spear.

Peaks of ashen hue and pale dry red and pale sulphur pushed up, straight, forked, twisted, naked, striking their minds with an indeterminate ghostliness of Indian, so strange they were in shape and colouring.

Ashen, for in part, it caused the memory of the under-thing, Gulper, on its hunt, to flash into her mind.

But the girl, her body shrunken, her skin ashen, looked at him and began to revile him, boasting of her white skin and her sleek body, calling the man of God a scabious scarecrow, so that her poor parents sank down on their knees and hid their heads in shame.

Daurannon murmured, coming quietly up to join them with an ashen Seldes Katne and a couple of Council sasenna in tow.

Winter paused, his face ashen, then he opened the door, stepped out slowly, still holding the knife as Marler backed away, putting distance between them.

Then drawing a petronel from his breast, he pointed the long, shiny barrel at the priest, whose face went ashen at the sight.

He crested the hill and looked down on the wet rooftops of the town, the ashen carparks, the hideous plasticky shopping centre and the inhospitable moorland that butted against the new estate beyond.

At this crowning insult the sompnour, with a face ashen with rage, raised up a quivering hand and began pouring Latin imprecations upon the angry alderman.

The dead wife of Bauer waited in agony in an uncontinented place for Bauer to fall past her into hell: ashen anguish, ghostly torture.

Ashen features, hair lank with sweat, lips discolored by the medicine.

Below them, in the corridor, one of the Elaysians was weeping openly, and even Hako Fezdan looked ashen as he considered the gravity of what they were about to do.