American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The incombustible residue, fused into an irregular lump, that remains after the combustion of coal.
- n. A partially vitrified brick or a mass of bricks fused together.
- n. An extremely hard burned brick.
- n. Vitrified matter expelled by a volcano.
- n. Slang A sour note in a musical performance: hit a clinker.
- n. Slang A mistake; a blunder.
- n. Slang Something of inferior quality; a conspicuous failure: a clinker of a show.
- n. Chiefly British Something admirable or first-rate.
- v. To form clinkers in burning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which clinks. Specifically
- n. A metal-heeled shoe used in dancing jigs.
- n. The partly melted and agglutinated residuum of the combustion of coal which has a fusible ash.
- n. A partially vitrified brick or mass of bricks.
- n. A kind of hard Dutch or Flemish brick, used for paving yards and stables.
- n. Vitrified or burnt matter thrown up by a volcano.
- n. A scale of black oxid of iron, formed when iron is heated to redness in the open air.
- n. A deep impression of a horse's or cow's foot; a small puddle so formed.
- To form clinker; become incrusted with clinker.
- n. In cricket, a ball bowled exceedingly well.
- n. Someone or something that clinks.
- n. in the plural Fetters.
- n. Someone or something that clinches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mass composed of several bricks run together by the action of the fire in the kiln.
- n. Scoria or vitrified incombustible matter, formed in a grate or furnace where anthracite coal in used; vitrified or burnt matter ejected from a volcano; slag.
- n. A scale of oxide of iron, formed in forging.
- n. A kind of brick. See Dutch clinker, under Dutch.
- v. clear out the cinders and clinker from
- v. turn to clinker or form clinker under excessive heat in burning
- n. a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire
- n. a hard brick used as a paving stone
- From clink + -er. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete Dutch klinckaerd, from Middle Dutch klinken, to clink; see clink1. N., senses 5 and 6, from clink1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If clinker is found on the ground, a coal seam is bound to be underneath.”
“The clinker is that the chain decides which Canadian authors they will display and advertise from a list of authors that the six publishers submit.”
“The wreck is described as clinker built, a shipbuilding style which dates back to the Viking era, but used for centuries afterwards.”
“The mix which emerges as lumps at the end of the firing period is known as clinker; this clinker is then cooled and finely ground, and a small quantity of gypsum - which delays setting time - is added, to give Portland cement itself.”
“· A rotary grate discharges the clinker, which is then interground with gypsum in a ball-mill.”
“Here some type of a so-called clinker breaker removes the refuse.”
“Moreover, the clinker, which is of excessively hard character, has to be reduced by means of a crusher to particles sufficiently small to be admitted by the millstones, where it is ground into a fine powder, and becomes the Portland cement of commerce.”
“An enormous dome, made of concrete, holds the pelletize cement, called clinker, that GCC sells around the middle and western United States.”
“When a musician performs a Bach Fugue or Beethoven Sonata, a wrong note is called a "clinker," and can be as jarring as a mixed-up before-and-after ad.”
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