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  • v. Present participle of smoulder.
  • n. The act by which something smoulders; residual heat.

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  • adj. showing scarcely suppressed anger


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  • One of her LA theatre critics called her "smouldering" on stage and hailed "one of the hottest and most frightening performances of the year".

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  • Best-known as the smouldering dance instructor in Dirty Dancing, Swayze died less than two years after being diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer.

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  • She was a strange creature, Bella – not so stupid as she looked, but sullen, morose – "smouldering" about expresses it.

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  • Evidently a metaphor of this kind is quite different in origin from such a phrase as 'smouldering' discontent; the former we may call, for want of a better word, 'natural' metaphor, as opposed to the latter, which is artificial.


  • "He seemed to be in a rage with the whole of Oxford, only it was not a noisy sort of rage but a kind of smouldering business, and perhaps I only imagined the whole thing."

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  • Roscoe was cool, but I could see now in his eyes a kind of smouldering anger; which was quite to my wish.

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  • It is a hardy Rose also, in color so darkly red as to be almost black, -- a warm red, less crimson than scarlet, glowing with a kind of smouldering splendor, with only two rows of petals round a centre of richest gold.

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  • Dorset village, had critics raving about her "smouldering" performance.

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  • As in the case of oxidation by palladium in air, the hydrocarbon appeai*s to undergo a kind of "smouldering" which changes rather suddenly as the temperature rises to a condition of much more intense oxidation.

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  • There was a bit of smouldering still, some smoke rising, but much, much better.

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