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Definitions of clinker

  1. clear out the cinders and clinker from; "we clinkered the fire frequently" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Very hard bricks; bricks run together and glazed over by excessive heat; clinker-bar, in a steam-engine, the bar fixed across the top of the ash-pit; clink-stone, rock of a greyish-blue colour which rings with a metallic sound when struck. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. a hard brick used as a paving stone Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A mass composed of several bricks run together by the action of the fire in the kiln. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A scale of oxide of iron, formed in forging. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A kind of brick. See Dutch clinker, under Dutch. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A mass of burned coal formed into a hard stony substance; slag. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. The cinder or slag formed in furnaces: brick burned so hard that, when struck, it makes a sharp and ringing sound. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Slag which forms in furnaces. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A thing that clinks, as a mass left by coal in burning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A vitreous cinder or slag formed in furnaces; a vitrified mass of bricks; a kind of hard-baked brick or tile. See Clincher. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. In min., the black oxide of iron; the slaggy ferruginous crusts that form on the bars of engine-furnaces. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. The author listened attentively, and after having dangled about the lamp- post for half an hour, they mutually agreed to eat a bit of dinner together and afterwards go home and read another new piece that was, so said the fortunate author, a clinker – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  2. Nothing but vast beds of glistering lava, now rough like immense piles of scoriae and clinker now smooth like crystal mirrors, and reflecting the Sun's rays with the same intolerable glare. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
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