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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smoldering, smoulderingadjective

    showing scarcely suppressed anger

    "her tone was...conversational although...her eyes were smoldering"- James Hensel


  1. smoulderingnoun

    The act by which something smoulders; residual heat.

    the smoulderings of the Thirty Years War

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smouldering, Smouldry

    This word seems a participle; but I know not whether the verb smoulder be in use: Burning and smoking without vent.

    Etymology: smoran , Saxon, to smother; smoel, Dutch, hot.

    None can breathe, nor see, nor hear at will,
    Through smouldry cloud of duskish stinking smoke,
    That th’ only breath him daunts who hath escap’d the stroke. Fairy Queen.

    In some close pent room it crept along,
    And, smould’ring as it went, in silence fed;
    ’Till th’ infant monster, with devouring strong,
    Walk’d boldly upright with exalted head. Dryden.


  1. Smouldering

    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. smouldering

    Smouldering refers to the process of burning slowly with smoke but without a flame, often in a suppressed or concealed manner. It could also refer to a state of suppressed agitation, resentment, or similar emotion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smouldering

    of Smoulder

  2. Smoulderingadjective

    being in a state of suppressed activity; quiet but not dead

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smouldering in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smouldering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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