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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Ash Wednesday
cigarette ash
▪ She flicked her cigarette ash onto the ground.
mountain ash
pall of smoke/dust/ash etc
▪ A pall of thick grey smoke hung over the buildings.
▪ He went round the back of the house and inspected the incinerator, now full of partly glowing but mainly black ashes.
▪ A baby carriage was overturned, and a heavy rain of black ash descended for a long while afterward.
▪ He stirred the damp black ashes of the study floor with his foot.
▪ Large areas of island are covered with thick deposits of black volcanic ash, known locally as picon.
▪ Sally with her slaves rolled up and her hands black with ashes from the dead fire.
▪ He lit the photographs one by one and let the flimsy black rectangles of ash drop into the bin.
▪ Last, and most important, is the cloud of fine ash which rises.
▪ It looked and felt like fine ash, like the kind from charcoal briquettes.
▪ Inside it a few pathetic bones glowed red hot and then crumbled into fine ash.
▪ We used to cook potatoes and sausages in hot ashes after the fire had burnt down.
▪ The island became covered with vegetation, fossils of which are sometimes found in the volcanic ashes.
▪ The buried artifacts were found between layers of volcanic ash and other substances.
▪ Large areas of island are covered with thick deposits of black volcanic ash, known locally as picon.
▪ Multicolored volcanic ash flows, long since hardened to jagged rock, reach into the sea like fantastic taffy mountains.
▪ The city was buried under several meters of volcanic ash, many of the inhabitants being asphyxiated in their houses.
▪ The finest fragments make volcanic ash and dust.
▪ It therefore follows that all sedimentary bodies, other than deep sea oozes and volcanic ash deposits, are likely to be diachronous.
▪ Over aeons, the undulating plains have been showered by volcanic ash blown westward from Ngorongoro, Lemagrut and other now-extinct volcanos.
▪ Oak furniture range, Laura Ashley 3 Variations dressing table in light ash, white ash or black.
▪ Atop the charred ground, white ash marks the shadows of fallen trees that burned so hot they disintegrated.
▪ The fire in the hearth was now a heap of white ash.
▪ These barn sills enclose thick white birch, ash, and maple trees.
▪ A dusty-faced boy was now raking the coal and wood from this into a tidy, white pile of ash.
▪ Now the challenge is to mould a new identity for international car racing by Timothy Collings Cigarette ash fell to the floor.
▪ It was unlike Jasper not to object to cigarette ash, in ravioli.
▪ It is subject to grease and grime from the hands, occasional coffee spills, cigarette ash, dead flies and sandwich crumbs.
▪ It feeds largely on ants whose remains can be found in the birds droppings, which resemble cigarette ash.
▪ Madeleine put down her pen and knocked her cigarette ash into a blue Limoges dish like a saucer.
▪ For example, the cigarette ash referred to above remains in place some 24 hours after being discovered!
▪ He tapped his cigarette ash on the floor.
▪ He smoked constantly and his clothes were always smeared with cigarette ash.
▪ Overhead, lightning flickered frequently as the static electricity accumulating in the ash cloud discharged.
▪ Finiver is of the rowan, or mountain ash.
▪ The Commission imposed fines on three chemicals companies on Dec. 19, 1990, for operating an illegal cartel in soda ash.
▪ In 1873 they formed a partnership, born of mutual respect and trust, to manufacture soda ash near Northwich in Cheshire.
▪ Galvone hurried to place a crystal ash tray on a small table beside him.
▪ Alice hurriedly put out the cigarette and got up to empty the ash tray.
▪ The ash tray was getting crowded when I decided there was no percentage in doing any more worrying for a while.
▪ He was constructing something from a foil ash tray when she approached.
▪ He placed his unfinished cigar in the ash tray and rose from the table, leaving his brandy untouched.
▪ Boulders lay around the waterside, ash trees spreading finger-like leaves overhead.
▪ I noticed that some of the upstart ash trees were already bearing seeds, and some were loaded with them.
▪ Only a nearby ash tree, which had better buffered bark, retained the lichen.
▪ I still see the pale bluish-green, red-studded caterpillars of promethea moths on the ash trees.
▪ To my amazement, they were burning brightly as the rain fell and water dripped from the ash trees.
▪ He said, an ash tree a foot high is still an ash tree.
▪ Young elder tree and ash tree leaves can also turn black sometimes once they have been pressed.
▪ It will be carried stiff to the burning ground and there burnt and reduced to ashes.
▪ Many crematoria include scattering or burying the ashes in a garden of remembrance in their fee.
▪ She now wants to bury all Ryan's ashes in Santa Barbara, California.
▪ She had lifted the larger pieces clear when she saw something buried in the grey ash.
▪ He flicked the ash towards the fireplace with the back of his hand.
▪ He flicks his ashes without reflection on the ground.
▪ He watched her sit up and flick the ash on to the floor.
▪ He flicks the ash off his faded blue jeans and lights up another cigarette.
▪ They flicked ash from their cigarettes into the empty wine-glasses and shouted each other down in vain attempts to be witty.
▪ The town's historic centre was reduced to ashes.
▪ The original versions were reduced to ashes when an earlier Capitol burned in 1881.
▪ His proposal that a new socialist party should rise from the ashes of the present one was hardly disputed.
▪ Pluto's theme is transformation and his emblem the phoenix rising from the ashes.
▪ The site is rising from the ashes of a former foundry following Mrs Thatcher's famous Wilderness Walk there in 1987.
▪ In fact, one way and another the food is very aptly named, having risen from the ashes in two senses!
▪ It said that temperatures could be expected to rise now that ash from the Pinatubo eruption was dissipating.
▪ This year, the phoenix has risen from its ashes, a phoenix in brighter plumage than he has ever worn before.
▪ The New Zealanders, appropriately garbed in funereal black, arrive next week to scatter the ashes.
▪ There was initially an extreme reluctance to scatter the ashes.
▪ Some churches are happy to scatter the ashes in the graveyard or bury them according to the family's wishes.
▪ And his family are hoping to scatter Mr Corbett's ashes at Anfield, where his father Dennis also came to rest.
▪ The weather had turned a chill grey, and a brisk wind scattered the ashes of half-a-hundred fires.
▪ When he'd done that he took the cigarette out of his mouth, tapped some ash off and studied the glowing end.
▪ He tapped his cigarette ash on the floor.
▪ Passion is blushing furiously across pop, rapidly turning it to ashes in its shame.
▪ His strength was turned to ashes.
▪ A typhoon also moved in that day, obscuring the mountain and turning the airborne ash into a downpour of mud.
▪ The print on the burning newspaper pages glowed for a moment before turning to ash.
reduce sth to ashes/rubble/ruins
rise like a phoenix from the ashes
wear sackcloth and ashes
▪ I have no wish to see Aitken go through the rest of his life wearing sackcloth and ashes.
▪ cigar ash
▪ Investigators sifted through the ashes to find the cause of the fire.
▪ Even when remains are cremated, the ashes are often placed in an urn and buried.
▪ In 1871 it burned down, 17,000 buildings were consumed, and a third of the city lay in ashes.
▪ In the ashes were bits of broken eggshell.
▪ The explosion spewed ash and golf ball-sized fireballs into the air.
▪ The original versions were reduced to ashes when an earlier Capitol burned in 1881.
▪ Tiny wisps of ash floated up.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ash \Ash\, n., sing. of Ashes.

Note: Ash is rarely used in the singular except in connection with chemical or geological products; as, soda ash, coal which yields a red ash, etc., or as a qualifying or combining word; as, ash bin, ash heap, ash hole, ash pan, ash pit, ash-grey, ash-colored, pearlash, potash.

Bone ash, burnt powered; bone earth.

Volcanic ash. See under Ashes.


Ash \Ash\, v. t. To strew or sprinkle with ashes.


Ash \Ash\ ([a^]sh), n. [OE. asch, esh, AS. [ae]sc; akin to OHG. asc, Sw. & Dan. ask, Icel. askr, D. esch, G. esche.]

  1. (Bot.) A genus of trees of the Olive family, having opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing valuable timber, as the European ash ( Fraxinus excelsior) and the white ash ( Fraxinus Americana).

    Prickly ash ( Zanthoxylum Americanum) and Poison ash ( Rhus venenata) are shrubs of different families, somewhat resembling the true ashes in their foliage.

    Mountain ash. See Roman tree, and under Mountain.

  2. The tough, elastic wood of the ash tree.

    Note: Ash is used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound term; as, ash bud, ash wood, ash tree, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"powdery remains of fire," Old English æsce "ash," from Proto-Germanic *askon (cognates: Old Norse and Swedish aska, Old High German asca, German asche, Gothic azgo "ashes"), from PIE root *ai- (2) "to burn, glow" (cognates: Sanskrit asah "ashes, dust," Armenian azazem "I dry up," Greek azein "to dry up, parch," Latin ardus "parched, dry"). Spanish and Portuguese ascua "red-hot coal" are Germanic loan-words.\n

\nSymbol of grief or repentance; hence Ash Wednesday (c.1300), from custom introduced by Pope Gregory the Great of sprinkling ashes on the heads of penitents on the first day of Lent. Ashes meaning "mortal remains of a person" is late 13c., in reference to the ancient custom of cremation.


type of tree, Old English æsc "ash tree," also "spear made of ash wood," from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz (cognates: Old Norse askr, Old Saxon ask, Middle Dutch esce, German Esche), from PIE root *os- "ash tree" (cognates: Armenian haci "ash tree," Albanian ah "beech," Greek oxya "beech," Latin ornus "wild mountain ash," Russian jasen, Lithuanian uosis "ash"). Ash was the preferred wood for spear-shafts, so Old English æsc sometimes meant "spear" (as in æsc-here "company armed with spears").


n. 1 (surname topographic from=Middle English dot=) for someone who lived near ash trees. 2 (given name male from=surnames) transferred from the surname. 3 A diminutive of the female given names Ashley and Ashlee.


v. convert into ashes

  1. n. the residue that remains when something is burned

  2. any of various deciduous pinnate-leaved ornamental or timber trees of the genus Fraxinus [syn: ash tree]

  3. strong elastic wood of any of various ash trees; used for furniture and tool handles and sporting goods such as baseball bats


Āsh is part of Iranian, Azerbaijani, Caucasian, and Turkish cuisine is a thick soup/ stew, which is usually served hot.

The spelling of the name of this dish varies in English and can include; Aush, Ashe, Ashe, Aash.

There are more than 50 types of thick soup (āsh) in Iranian cooking, Ash reshteh being one of the more popular types. Some other well known āsh include ash-e anar (pomagrante stew), ash-e-jo (barley stew), ash-e doogh, ash-e sak (spinach stew), ash-e torsh (beet/pickle stew).

Depending on the type of āsh, it could contain different types of grain, legumes ( chick peas, black-eye beans, lentils), vegetables, herbs ( parsley, spinach, dill, spring onion ends, coriander, dried mint), onions, oil, meat, garlic, reshteh (in Ash Reshteh) and spices, such as salt, pepper, turmeric, saffron, etc.

Āsh can be considered a full meal or a first course. Āsh can often be bought in Persian stores canned, dried mixes or frozen.

Āshpaz translates to stew maker, or cook of stew.

Ash (near Salway)

Ash is a hamlet approximately east of the village of Salway, Dorset, England.

Ash (near Stourpaine)

Ash is a hamlet approximately north of the village of Stourpaine, Dorset, England.

Ash was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Ash (ballet)

Ash is a ballet made by New York City Ballet's ballet master in chief Peter Martins to Ash (1991) by Michael Torke. The premiere took place Thursday, June 20, 1991 at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center. Ash was the fourth in a series of collaborations between the choreographer and composer.

Ash (name)

Ash is both a given name (commonly a shortened version of Ashton or Ashley) and a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Ash (artist)

Victor Ash, also known as Ash, is a Copenhagen-based artist originally from Paris, France. Ash primarily works on canvas, lithography, and sometimes installations. He has exhibited regularly in various museums and galleries around the world since the late 1980s.

Ash (disambiguation)

Ash may refer to:

  • Ash, the solid remains of incineration/ fires

Besides, ash can refer to:

Ash (Lo novel)

Ash is a young adult fantasy lesbian novel by Malinda Lo first published in 2009. It is a reworking of the Cinderella fairy tale. The novel is about an abused teenage girl who longs for fairies to take her away from her terrible life. A seemly gentle and protective fairy promises to do so as payment, but shortly thereafter the girl falls in love later with an athletic, respected noblewoman and hunter. The girl struggles with finally going to where she had wanted to be or staying and making it work.

Ash (deity)

Ash was the ancient Egyptian god of oases, as well as the vineyards of the western Nile Delta and thus was viewed as a benign deity. Flinders Petrie in his 1923 expedition to the Saqqara (also spelt Sakkara) found several references to Ash in Old Kingdom wine jar seals: "I am refreshed by this Ash" was a common inscription.

In particular, he was identified by the Ancient Egyptians as the god of the Libu and Tinhu tribes, known as the "people of the oasis". Consequently Ash was known as the "lord of Libya", the western border areas occupied by the Libu and Tinhu tribes, corresponds roughly with the area of modern Libya. It is also possible that he was worshiped in Ombos, as their original chief deity.

In Egyptian mythology, as god of the oases, Ash was associated with Set, who was originally god of the desert, and was seen as protector of the Sahara. The first known reference to Ash dates to the Protodynastic Period, but by the late 2nd Dynasty, his importance had grown, and he was seen as protector of the royal estates, since the related god Set, in Lower Egypt, was regarded as the patron deity of royalty itself. Ash's importance was such that he was mentioned even until the 26th Dynasty.

Ash was usually depicted as a human, whose head was one of the desert creatures, variously being shown as a lion, vulture, hawk, snake, or the unidentified Set-animal. Indeed, depictions of Ash are the earliest known depictions, in ancient Egyptian art, to show a deity as a human with the head of an animal.

Some depictions of Ash show him as having multiple heads, unlike other Egyptian deities, although some compound depictions were occasionally shown connecting gods to Min. In an article in the journalAncient Egypt (in 1923), and again in an appendix to her book, The Splendor that was Egypt, Margaret Murray expands on such depictions, and draws a parallel to a Scythian deity, who is referenced in Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia universalis.

The idea of Ash as an import god is contested, as he was the god of Ombos long before Set's introduction sometime in the 2nd Dynasty. One of his titles is "Nebuty" or "He of Nebut" indicating this position.

Ash is sometimes seen as another name for Set—similarly as one might give the name Ta-Bitjet for Serket, Dunanwy for Anti, or Sefkhet-Abwy for Sheshat.

Ash (band)

Ash is a Northern Irish alternative rock band, formed in Downpatrick in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released mini-album Trailer in 1994, followed by 1977 in 1996. This 1996 release was named by NME as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. After the success of their full debut the band recruited Charlotte Hatherley as a guitarist and vocalist, releasing their second record Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998. After narrowly avoiding bankruptcy the band released Free All Angels in 2001 and a string of successful singles.

Their fourth record Meltdown, released in 2004, was the band's final record with Hatherley before returning to their original three-piece lineup for their fifth studio album Twilight of the Innocents in 2007. After five conventional albums the band released 26 singles in The A-Z Series in 2009, one every two weeks. The band have had one silver, two gold and two platinum-selling (and chart-topping) records in the United Kingdom, as well as 18 songs in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. In 2015, they released a sixth studio album, entitled Kablammo!. They were associated with Britpop, though as that musical movement emphasised Britishness which is a controversial state in Northern Ireland, they were not comfortable with the association.

Ash (analytical chemistry)

In analytical chemistry, ashing is the process of mineralization for preconcentration of trace substances prior to chemical analysis. The residues after a sample is completely burnt - in contrast to the ashes remaining after incomplete combustion - consist mostly of metal oxides.

Ash is one of the components in the proximate analysis of biological materials, consisting mainly of salty, inorganic constituents. It includes metal salts which are important for processes requiring ions such as Na (Sodium), K (Potassium), and Ca (Calcium). It also includes trace minerals which are required for unique molecules, such as chlorophyll and hemoglobin.

Ash (comics)

Ash is an American comic book character created by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti, published by Event Comics about a firefighter who gains superpowers from a time-displaced regeneration device from a possible apocalyptic future.

Ash is the super-hero alter-ego of fictional firefighter Ashley Quinn. Ash was "born" from a mysterious incident when Ashley was trapped inside a burning building and hidden inside was a regeneration chamber from the future. Ash has the ability to use various flame-based weapons, including blades that can be made from fire by his gauntlets. He can also absorb and control flames and fire, has super human strength and durability. He draws his power from flames and fire inside his body which can reach temperatures of 1260 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ash (Alien)

Ash is a fictional character in the movie Alien, who was portrayed by actor Ian Holm, who, although known in the U.K. as a stage actor, was at the time unknown to American audiences. Ash serves as the secondary antagonist of the first film. The character is the science officer of the Nostromo, who breaks quarantine by allowing Kane, a member of the crew, back on board after he has been infected by an alien life form. It is later discovered that Ash is not human at all, as he appears, but is in fact a Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 android, who is acting upon secret orders to bring back the alien lifeform and to consider the crew "expendable".

Usage examples of "ash".

What delicious acrity in a situation where I played, not with fire, but--with ashes!

Dry and transfer to an evaporating dish, adding the ashes of the filter paper.

Adrumetum in ashes, he calmly admonished the emperor that the peace of Africa might be secured by the recall of Solomon and his unworthy nephews.

Dublin had not been treated like Boston, and if Cork and Waterford had not been reduced to ashes like the towns of America, it was not through the enlightened policy of ministers, but from fear of the consequences of adopting stringent measures toward those refractory cities.

Lynn Flewelling Seregil must have been generous, Alec thought as she piled his trencher with plump sausages and oat porridge, then fetched a pitcher of milk and some hot ash cakes to go with it.

Giovanni moved a step forward and spoke directly to one of the men who had just dropped a finished glass into the bed of soft wood ashes, to be taken to the annealing oven.

With a forked stick he took the beaker from the ashes and placed it in the annealing oven.

All Archaeon cultures, along with the containers holding them, should be incinerated in onboard crucible and the ashes jettisoned.

Blacktooth arose before dawn and watched the moon, now past full, settle behind the mountains, then washed his teeth with ashes and boiled water, relieved himself in the outhouse, got dressed, and then spent in prayer the short time it took for the sun to come up.

Beside him, in the ashes of the dead fire, with a half-consumed damper and a piece of roasted bandicoot, stood the empty billy which had held the drugged tea.

He was a remarkable fielder and a good batsman for a pitcher, men who play that position being poor wielders of the ash, as a rule, for the reason, as I have always thought, that they paid more attention to the art of deceiving the batsman that are opposed to them than they do to developing their own batting powers.

Magnussen was a smoker, and though Becker knew the office had been cleaned by the night staff, two ashtrays overflowed with cigar butts, and there were ashes on the floor.

Late at night his father and brothers returned, all begrimed with soot and ashes.

How fondly she greets him from dale and from park, From loving names growing in White birchen bark, From hills where flourish The oaks which the ashes of heroes nourish.

John Bittle settled himself comfortably in his armchair, pulled an ash stand to a convenient position, and continued the leisurely smoking of his cigar.