- Ashes Ash"es, n. pl. [OE. asche, aske, AS. asce, [ae]sce, axe;
akin to OHG. asca, G. asche, D. asch, Icel. & Sw. aska, Dan.
aske, Goth. azgo.]
1. The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances
remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.
2. Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or when ``returned to dust'' by natural decay. [1913 Webster]
Their martyred blood and ashes sow. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The coffins were broken open. The ashes were scattered to the winds. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
The lip of ashes, and the cheek of flame. --Byron. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.