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Definitions of coal

  1. burn to charcoal; " Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything"
  2. a hot glowing or smouldering fragment of wood or coal left from a fire
  3. fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period
  4. take in coal, as of a ship
  5. supply with coal
  6. take in coal; " The big ship coaled"
  7. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited, fragment from wood or other combustible substance; charcoal.
  8. A black, or brownish black, solid, combustible substance, dug from beds or veins in the earth to be used for fuel, and consisting, like charcoal, mainly of carbon, but more compact, and often affording, when heated, a large amount of volatile matter.
  9. To burn to charcoal; to char.
  10. To mark or delineate with charcoal.
  11. To supply with coal; as, to coal a steamer.
  12. To take in coal; as, the steamer coaled at Southampton.
  13. A natural fuel formed by partial decomposition of vegetable matter under certain environmental conditions.
  14. A black, hard, combustible mineral, used as fuel.
  15. To furnish with coal.
  16. To take in coal.
  17. A solid, black, combustible substance used for fuel, dug out of the earth.
  18. Charred wood; a combustible fossil procured by mining.
  19. To supply with coal.
  20. A combustible substance derived from ancient vegetation, found in beds or veins in the earth; a piece of partly burned wood.
  21. Coaly.
  22. A piece of wood or other combustible substance, ignited, burning, or charred; a solid opaque combustible substance of vegetable origin found, in the earth, and extensively used for fuel.
  23. To burn to coal or charcoal; to mark or delineate with charcoal.
  24. To take in coal. To blow the coals, to stir up strife. To haul over the coals, to take one to task; to reprimand. To carry coals to Newcastle, to lose one's labour.
  25. Mineralised vegetable matter; a hard black mineral used as fuel.
  26. To take in coal for the supply of a steam or sailing vessel.
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Usage examples for coal

  1. Where art thou, maid with the coal black hair? – Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3) by James Athearn Jones
  2. For several days he had been in hiding on the edge of the woods, not far from the old coal mine into which Eleanor had stumbled. – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  3. The coal burns when it is heated by the burning wood. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  4. Fill the bowl, you jolly soul, And burn all sorrow to a coal – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  5. When he came in, the coal man at once began: " Sit down, and we'll make up a game." – Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol
  6. When Ellen came down- stairs, and sat beside the coal stove to change her shoes, she looked at the book which Amabel was reading. – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  7. Mr. Emerson turned the bit of coal over and over. – Ethel Morton's Enterprise by Mabell S.C. Smith
  8. But what of coal and gasoline? – A Handbook of Health by Woods Hutchinson
  9. I've got a load of coal to take there, and I've been up and down this road in the dark twice, and can't make out where it is." – Pebbles on the Shore by Alpha of the Plough (Alfred George Gardiner)
  10. It was as if I had put a live coal into my mouth. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  11. She reached at last the coal cellar, the first that opened from the passage, and looked in. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  12. You remember how they helped you with the coal – All About Johnnie Jones by Carolyn Verhoeff
  13. " He's better off than me," said Mr. Snawdor, " what with the funeral, an' the coal out, an' the rent due, I'm at the end of my rope. – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  14. Thorne suddenly stooped over the big coal oil can. – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  15. It may come any minute and Father is too busy to put it into the coal house. – All About Johnnie Jones by Carolyn Verhoeff
  16. Want to buy him a coal mine, or something like that? – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  17. Climb up over the coal and tell him that forty miles an hour won't do for me to- night. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  18. Four hours, to take her coal on board. – Round the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  19. At the same time came orders to hurry on coal and proceed to San Francisco. – History of California by Helen Elliott Bandini
  20. The report of the Coal Commission will be before the Congress. – State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
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