clinker

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clinker brick

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Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch klinkaerd, later klinker, from klinken (to ring, resound).

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clinker (plural clinkers)

  1. A very hard brick used for paving customarily made in the Netherlands. [from 17th c.]
  2. A mass of bricks fused together by intense heat. [from 17th c.]
  3. Slag or ash produced by intense heat in a furnace, kiln or boiler that forms a hard residue upon cooling. [from 18th c.]
  4. Hardened volcanic lava. [from 19th c.]
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 10:
      Nobody could pretend that a huge slope of clinker is aesthetically pleasing.
  5. A scum of oxide of iron formed in forging. [from 19th c.]
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Etymology 2Edit

From clink +‎ -er.

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clinker (plural clinkers)

  1. Someone or something that clinks.
  2. (in the plural) Fetters.
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  • clinkerwise
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Etymology 3Edit

From clincher

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clinker (uncountable)

(nautical) A style of boatbuilding using overlapping planks; used chiefly attributively in terms such as clinker planking, clinker dinghy etc.

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Last modified on 10 March 2014, at 20:50