Ember
Ember Em"ber, a. [OE. ymber, AS. ymbren, ymbryne, prop., running around, circuit; ymbe around + ryne a running, fr. rinnan to run. See {Amb-}, and {Run}.] Making a circuit of the year of the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year; as, ember fasts. [1913 Webster]

{Ember days} (R. C. & Eng. Ch.), days set apart for fasting and prayer in each of the four seasons of the year. The Council of Placentia [A. D. 1095] appointed for ember days the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsuntide, the 14th of September, and the 13th of December. The weeks in which these days fall are called ember weeks. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ember — Em ber, n. [OE. emmeres, emeres, AS. ?myrie; akin to Icel. eimyrja, Dan. emmer, MHG. eimere; cf. Icel. eimr vapor, smoke.] A lighted coal, smoldering amid ashes; used chiefly in the plural, to signify mingled coals and ashes; the smoldering… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ember — O.E. æmerge ember, merged with or influenced by O.N. eimyrja, both from P.Gmc. *aim uzjon ashes (Cf. M.L.G. emere, O.H.G. eimuria, Ger. Ammern), a compound from *aima ashes (from PIE root *ai to burn; see EDIFICE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • ember — ► NOUN ▪ a small piece of burning wood or coal in a dying fire. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • ember — ember1 [em′bər] n. [ME eymere & (with intrusive b) eymbre < OE æmerge (& ON eimyrja) < æm (akin to ON eimr, steam) + yrge (akin to ON ysja, fire) < IE base * eus , to burn > L urere, to burn] 1. a glowing piece of coal, wood, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • Ember — Vermutliches Wappen Johann Embers an der Südfront der Liberei („Ember“ bedeutet Zuber oder Eimer).[1] Johann Ember (* um 1365 vermutlich in Hannover …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ember — For the wireless networking chip company, see Ember (company). For the book series by Jeanne DuPrau, see The City of Ember. For specific fasting days within Western Christian churches, see Ember days. For other uses, see Embers (disambiguation).… …   Wikipedia

  • ember — [OE] Ember goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *aimuzjōn, although it is possible that the modern English word represents a borrowing from the related Old Norse eimyrja rather than a direct line of descent from Old English ǣmyrge. The ember of… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • ember — [OE] Ember goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *aimuzjōn, although it is possible that the modern English word represents a borrowing from the related Old Norse eimyrja rather than a direct line of descent from Old English ǣmyrge. The ember of… …   Word origins

  • ember — UK [ˈembə(r)] / US [ˈembər] noun Word forms ember : singular ember plural embers 1) [countable] a piece of wood or coal that is still hot and red after a fire has stopped burning 2) embers [plural] the last moments or parts of something the… …   English dictionary

  • ember — /em beuhr/, n. 1. a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire. 2. embers, the smoldering remains of a fire. [bef. 1000; ME eemer, emeri, OE aemerge, aemyrie (c. ON eimyrja, OHG eimuria), equiv. to aem (c. ON eimr steam) + erge,… …   Universalium

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