Definition of Charcoal

1. Noun. A carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air.

Exact synonyms: Wood Coal
Generic synonyms: Atomic Number 6, C, Carbon, Fuel

2. Verb. Draw, trace, or represent with charcoal. "Did he charcoal his major works over a short period of time?"
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Entails: Delineate, Describe, Draw, Line, Trace
Generic synonyms: Draw

3. Adjective. Of a very dark grey.
Exact synonyms: Charcoal-gray, Charcoal-grey
Similar to: Achromatic, Neutral

4. Noun. A stick of black carbon material used for drawing.
Exact synonyms: Fusain
Generic synonyms: Writing Implement

5. Noun. A very dark grey color.

6. Noun. A drawing made with a stick of black carbon material.
Generic synonyms: Drawing

Definition of Charcoal

1. n. Impure carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances; esp., coal made by charring wood in a kiln, retort, etc., from which air is excluded. It is used for fuel and in various mechanical, artistic, and chemical processes.

Definition of Charcoal

1. Noun. Impure carbon obtained by destructive distillation of wood or other organic matter, that is to say, heating it in the absence of oxygen. ¹

2. Noun. A stick of black carbon material used for drawing. ¹

3. Noun. A drawing made with charcoal. ¹

4. Noun. A very dark gray colour. ¹

5. Adjective. Of a dark gray colour. ¹

6. Verb. To draw with charcoal ¹

7. Verb. To cook over charcoal ¹

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Definition of Charcoal

1. to blacken with charcoal (a dark, porous carbon) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Charcoal

1. An amorphous form of carbon prepared from the incomplete combustion of animal or vegetable matter, e.g., wood. The activated form of charcoal is used in the treatment of poisoning. Pharmacological action: antidotes. Chemical name: Charcoal (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Charcoal

charcoal (current term)
charcoal burner
charcoal gray
charcoal grey
charcot's foot
charcot's joint
charcot-marie disease

Literary usage of Charcoal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A French-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1921)
"artificiel, charcoal prepared by carbonizing a prepared mixture (instead of wood or other ... de Paris, a synthetic charcoal made from powdered charcoal, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1833)
"In China charcoal is prepared in pits, preferably in a clayey ... In most countries where wood ia abundant, charcoal-burning is carried on by firing conical ..."

3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Cos Absorption by charcoal.—Felix Fontana was apparently the first to discover that hot charcoal has the power of absorbing gases, and his observations were ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1879)
"The cause of this was clear, as I believed, namely, the irregular character of the charcoal with which I had to deal. The experiments which I had published ..."

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