from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, glowing piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire.
- n. The smoldering coal or ash of a dying fire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A glowing piece of coal or wood.
- n. Smoldering ash.
- adj. Making a circuit of the year or the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year, as certain religious days set apart for fasting and prayer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lighted coal, smoldering amid ashes; -- used chiefly in the plural, to signify mingled coals and ashes; the smoldering remains of a fire.
- adj. Making a circuit of the year of the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small live coal, brand of wood, or the like; in the plural, live cinders or ashes; the smouldering remains of a fire.
- n. Literally, a circuit; a course; specifically, a regular (annual, quarterly, etc.) course; the regular return of a given season: a word now used only in certain compounds, namely, ember-days, -eve, -fast, -tide, -week, and in the derivative embering. See the etymology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering
Middle English embre, from Old English ǣmerge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English ymber ("running around, circuit") (Wiktionary)