What does smolder mean?

Definitions for smolder
ˈsmoʊl dərsmol·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smoulder, smolderverb

    a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame

    "the smoulder suddenly became a blaze"

  2. smolder, smoulderverb

    burn slowly and without a flame

    "a smoldering fire"

  3. smolder, smoulderverb

    have strong suppressed feelings


  1. smolderverb

    To burn with no flame and little smoke.

    The remains of the bonfire were left to smolder for hours.

  2. smolderverb

    To show signs of repressed anger or suppressed mental turmoil or other strong emotion, such as passion.


  1. smolder

    Smouldering (British English) or smoldering (American English; see spelling differences) is the slow, flameless form of combustion, sustained by the heat evolved when oxygen directly attacks the surface of a condensed-phase fuel. Many solid materials can sustain a smouldering reaction, including coal, cellulose, wood, cotton, tobacco, cannabis, peat, plant litter, humus, synthetic foams, charring polymers including polyurethane foam and some types of dust. Common examples of smouldering phenomena are the initiation of residential fires on upholstered furniture by weak heat sources (e.g., a cigarette, a short-circuited wire), and the persistent combustion of biomass behind the flaming front of wildfires.


  1. smolder

    Smolder refers to the process of burning slowly with smoke but without any flame. It can also metaphorically imply the existence of suppressed or barely hidden feelings or emotions, like anger or passion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smolderverb

    alt. of Smoulder

  2. Smolderverb

    alt. of Smoulder

  3. Smoldernoun

    alt. of Smoulder

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smolder is ranked #159712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smolder surname appeared 101 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Smolder.

    96% or 97 total occurrences were White.

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  1. molders

  2. remolds

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smolder in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smolder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of smolder in a Sentence

  1. Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev:

    This (U.S. award) cannot fail to shock and, for Kyrgyzstan, this means ethnic instability and an attempt to create chaos, it's just revolting. Someone needs instability in Kyrgyzstan. Someone wants these ashes to smolder all the time.

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