Results for: charcoal
1. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) a black amorphous form of carbon made by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air: used as a fuel, in smelting metal ores, in explosives, and as an absorbent See activated carbon
2. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a stick or pencil of this for drawing
3. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a drawing done in charcoal
4. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Colours) short for charcoal grey
(Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (tr) to write, draw, or blacken with charcoal
[from char (origin obscure) + coal]
charcoal /trkol/ n.adj. 1 [U] a black form of carbon made by partially burning wood in an airless container: <n.> Charcoal can be used as a fuel, a filter, a gas absorbent, etc. 2 [C;U] a pencil or crayon made from charcoal, or a drawing done with such a pencil: He did a drawing of a house in <n.> charcoal. 3 dark gray: She wore <adj.> charcoal pants.