Meaning of ASH in English

ASH

/ æʃ; NAmE / noun

1.

[ U ] the grey or black powder that is left after sth, especially tobacco , wood or coal, has burnt :

cigarette ash

black volcanic ash

2.

ashes [ pl. ] what is left after sth has been destroyed by burning :

The town was reduced to ashes in the fighting.

the glowing ashes of the campfire

( figurative )

The party had risen, like a phoenix, from the ashes of electoral disaster.

3.

ashes [ pl. ] the powder that is left after a dead person's body has been cremated (= burned) :

She wanted her ashes to be scattered at sea.

4.

[ C , U ] (also ˈash tree ) a forest tree with grey bark

—see also mountain ash

5.

[ U ] the hard pale wood of the ash tree

6.

( technical ) the letter æ, used in Old English, and as a phonetic symbol to represent the vowel sound in cat

IDIOMS

see sackcloth

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WORD ORIGIN

senses 1 to 3 Old English æsce , aexe , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch as and German Asche .

senses 4 to 5 Old English æsc , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch es and German Esche .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.