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Definition of "smolder" []

  • To burn with little smoke and no flame. (verb-intransitive)
  • To exist in a suppressed state: Revolution smoldered in the masses. (verb-intransitive)
  • To show signs of repressed anger or hatred. (verb-intransitive)
  • Thick smoke resulting from a slow fire. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "smolder" in a sentence
  • "It was chock-a-block full of interesting articles on geckos and eerily iridescent photos of deep-sea jellyfish, but for some reason the World magazines piled up in the corner until ones on the bottom began to smolder from the pressure of the magazines on the top."
  • "They can kind of smolder and cause a fire later, and people might not even know they started a fire."
  • "I'll read the next books because I kind of have to, working with middle / high schoolers in a professional capacity, but if I see the words "smolder" or "dizzy" or "hyperventilate" or"