What does ash mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ashnoun

    the residue that remains when something is burned

  2. ash, ash treenoun

    any of various deciduous pinnate-leaved ornamental or timber trees of the genus Fraxinus

  3. ashverb

    strong elastic wood of any of various ash trees; used for furniture and tool handles and sporting goods such as baseball bats

  4. ashverb

    convert into ashes


  1. Ashnoun

    for someone who lived near ash trees.

  2. Ashnoun

    transferred from the surname.

  3. Ashnoun

    A diminutive of the female given names Ashley and Ashlee.

  4. Etymology: asshe, from æsce, from askōn (compare jiske, Dutch as, German Asche, aska), from h₂éhₓōs (compare Hittite, Ancient Greek ἄζα, Albanian hi, Old Armenian աճիւն, Ormuri yānak, Sanskrit आस).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ask Ash As

    Etymology: do all come from the Saxon æsc , an ash tree. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. Ashnoun

    fraxinus, Lat. This tree hath pennated leaves, which end in an odd lobe. The male flowers, which grow at a remote distance from the fruit, have no petals, but consist of many stamina. The ovary becomes a seed vessel, containing one seed at the bottom, shaped like a bird’s tongue. The species are,1. The common ash tree.2. The striped ash.3. The manna ash, &c. The first sort is a common timber tree in every part of England. The second is a variety of the first. The third sort is supposed to be the tree from whence the true Calabrian manna is taken. The timber is of excellent use to the wheelwright and cartwright. Philip Miller

    Etymology: æsc , Saxon.

    Let me twine
    Mine arms about that body, where against
    My grained ash an hundred times hath broke,
    And scar’d the moon with splinters. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    With which of old he charm’d the savage train,
    And call’d the mountain ashes to the plain. John Dryden, Silenus.


  1. ash

    Ash is the powdery residue left after the combustion of a substance such as wood, coal, or tobacco. It can also refer to the remnants of volcanic eruption which is composed of small particles of volcanic rock and glass. Furthermore, in a symbolic context, ash can represent death, repentance, or mourning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ashnoun

    a genus of trees of the Olive family, having opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing valuable timber, as the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and the white ash (F. Americana)

  2. Ashnoun

    the tough, elastic wood of the ash tree

  3. Ashnoun

    sing. of Ashes

  4. Ashverb

    to strew or sprinkle with ashes

  5. Etymology: [OE. asch, esh, AS. sc; akin to OHG. asc, Sw. & Dan. ask, Icel. askr, D. esch, G. esche.]


  1. Ash

    Ash are an alternative rock band that formed in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland in 1992. The band has sold 8 million albums worldwide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ash

    ash, n. a well-known timber tree, or its wood, which is white, tough, and hard, much used in carpentry and wheel-work: the ashen shaft of a spear, or a spear itself.—adj. Ash′en.—n. Ground′-ash, or Ash′-plant, an ash sapling.—Mountain ash, the rowan-tree; Quaking ash, the aspen. [A.S. æsc—Ger. esche, Ice. askr.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ASH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ash is ranked #1709 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ash surname appeared 21,030 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Ash.

    81% or 17,053 total occurrences were White.
    13.4% or 2,818 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 486 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 450 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 114 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 107 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ash' in Nouns Frequency: #2510

Anagrams for ash »

  1. ahs

  2. has

  3. Hsa.

  4. sha

  5. sah

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ash in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ash in a Sentence

  1. David Rothery:

    Even a lengthy sustained ash eruption would be very unlikely to produce enough ash to spread across the tropical zone.

  2. unknown:

    I will never be the first of so many things for you. I came too late, after life and love were woven into the tapestry of your existence. I care not about lost firsts, but I will fight, knuckles bloody and teeth sharpened, for your lasts. Take the old firsts and put them to rest, silent below the dirt and ash of all the new ones we will burn through. Take them, and give me the lasts.

  3. Michelle Bachelet:

    We don't have any problems with supplies, water or sewage up to now, our problem is a respiratory one, from inhaling all of this ash, and the fact that this ash could generate some sort of environmental contamination.

  4. Dwaine Mushimba:

    Ash falls back into the face of he that throws it.

  5. Michelle Bachelet:

    We don't have any problems with supplies, water or sewage up to now. That's not the problem, our problem is a respiratory one, from inhaling all of this ash, and the fact that this ash could generate some sort of environmental contamination.

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