What does charcoal mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. charcoal, wood coal(noun)

    a carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air

  2. charcoal, fusain(noun)

    a stick of black carbon material used for drawing

  3. charcoal, charcoal grey, charcoal gray, oxford grey, oxford gray(noun)

    a very dark grey color

  4. charcoal(adj)

    a drawing made with a stick of black carbon material

  5. charcoal, charcoal-grey, charcoal-gray(verb)

    of a very dark grey

  6. charcoal(verb)

    draw, trace, or represent with charcoal


  1. charcoal(Noun)

    Impure carbon obtained by destructive distillation of wood or other organic matter, that is to say, heating it in the absence of oxygen.

    Etymology: From charcole, from charren + cole, equivalent to . More at ajar, coal.

  2. charcoal(Noun)

    A stick of black carbon material used for drawing.

    Etymology: From charcole, from charren + cole, equivalent to . More at ajar, coal.

  3. charcoal(Noun)

    A drawing made with charcoal.

    Etymology: From charcole, from charren + cole, equivalent to . More at ajar, coal.

  4. charcoal(Verb)

    To draw with charcoal

    Etymology: From charcole, from charren + cole, equivalent to . More at ajar, coal.

  5. charcoal(Verb)

    To cook over charcoal

    Etymology: From charcole, from charren + cole, equivalent to . More at ajar, coal.

  6. charcoal(Adjective)

    Of a dark gray colour.

    Etymology: From charcole, from charren + cole, equivalent to . More at ajar, coal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charcoal(verb)

    impure carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances; esp., coal made by charring wood in a kiln, retort, etc., from which air is excluded. It is used for fuel and in various mechanical, artistic, and chemical processes

    Etymology: [See Char, v. t., to burn or to reduce to coal, and Coal.]

  2. Charcoal(verb)

    finely prepared charcoal in small sticks, used as a drawing implement

    Etymology: [See Char, v. t., to burn or to reduce to coal, and Coal.]


  1. Charcoal

    Charcoal is a light black residue consisting of carbon, and any remaining ash, obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances. Charcoal is usually produced by slow pyrolysis, the heating of wood or other substances in the absence of oxygen. It is usually an impure form of carbon as it contains ash; however, sugar charcoal is among the purest forms of carbon readily available, particularly if it is not made by heating but by a dehydration reaction with sulfuric acid to minimise introducing new impurities, as impurities can be removed from the sugar in advance. The resulting soft, brittle, lightweight, black, porous material resembles coal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Charcoal

    chär′kōl, n. charred wood or coal made by charring wood; the carbonaceous residue of vegetable, animal, or mineral substances when they have undergone smothered combustion. [The first element of the word is of doubtful origin.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Charcoal

    An amorphous form of carbon prepared from the incomplete combustion of animal or vegetable matter, e.g., wood. The activated form of charcoal is used in the treatment of poisoning. (Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. charcoal

    One of the ingredients of gunpowder. It is made by distilling small sticks of wood in closed retorts. Willow, alder, poplar, and dogwood are some of the woods used. In distilling the heat should be kept below redness. Charcoal should be light in weight, and have a velvety fracture. It inflames at about 460° Fahr. Its composition and properties vary with the nature of the wood and mode of distillation employed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charcoal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charcoal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of charcoal in a Sentence

  1. C. M. Cox:

    Blaise Pascal used to mark with charcoal the walls of his playroom, seeking a means of making a circle perfectly round and a triangle whose sides and angle were all equal. He discovered these things for himself and then began to seek the relationship which existed between them. He did not know any mathematical terms and so he made up his own. Using these names he made axioms and finally developed perfect demonstrations, until he had come to the thirty-second proposition of Euclid.

  2. Angelique Hilaire:

    I can't afford to rent anywhere else, every time it rains I pray to God for it to stop. But what can I do ? Even a short downpour can leave the capital flooded as piles of rubbish on the streets and debris filled canals block drains, which exacerbates flooding. Natural disasters linked to climate change will only get more frequent and extreme in the future, experts say. Decades of deforestation have left Haiti even more exposed to natural disasters, with less than three percent of its original forest cover still intact, according to the UNDP. This causes soil erosion and reduces the ability of soil to retain water, making Haiti more vulnerable to flooding and landslides. During heavy rainfall, there are few trees to stop water washing down the bare mountains. While 5.5 million tree seedlings have been planted in Haiti by the UNDP since 2010, not enough has been done to stop people cutting down trees in the first place. Selling charcoal, which comes from burning wood, is used for cooking and is a key source of income for many Haitians living in the countryside. .

  3. Clare Akamanzi:

    We expect to have affordable gas which is environmentally friendly, we expect that people can use gas instead of charcoal, the same with industries like tea factories instead of using firewood, they use gas. It's part of our green agenda.

  4. Nada Kassem:

    In addition to inhaling toxicants and carcinogens found in the hookah tobacco smoke, hookah smokers, and non-smokers who socialize with them, also inhale large quantities of charcoal combustion-generated toxic and carcinogenic emissions.

  5. Harriet Isaac-Cole:

    Ask yourself, ‘How soft or layered do I want the texture and pile of the carpet to be? How do I want it to feel underfoot when I step out of bed?’ for versatility, the best carpet shades for most schemes are charcoal, taupe and sand.

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