Meaning of ASH in English

ASH

I. ˈash noun

Etymology: Middle English asshe, from Old English æsc; akin to Old High German ask ash, Latin ornus mountain ash

Date: before 12th century

1. : any of a genus ( Fraxinus ) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets

2. : the tough elastic wood of an ash

3.

[Old English æsc, name of the corresponding runic letter]

: the ligature æ used in Old English and some phonetic alphabets to represent a low front vowel a

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II. noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English asshe, from Old English asce — more at arid

Date: before 12th century

1. : something that symbolizes grief, repentance, or humiliation

2.

a. : the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means

b. : fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent

3. plural : the remains of the dead human body after cremation or disintegration

4. plural : deathly pallor

the lip of ash es and the cheek of flame — Lord Byron

5. plural : ruins

• ash·less -ləs adjective

III. transitive verb

Date: circa 1894

: to convert into ash

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.