- the carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic substances in the absence of air.
- a drawing pencil of charcoal.
- a drawing made with charcoal.
verb (used with object)
- to blacken, write, or draw with charcoal.
- to cook (food) over charcoal, especially on a grill.
verb (used without object)
- to cook food over charcoal, especially on a grill.
- 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 absorbentSee activated carbon
- a stick or pencil of this for drawing
- a drawing done in charcoal
- short for charcoal grey
- (tr) to write, draw, or blacken with charcoal
mid-14c., charcole, first element is either Old French charbon “charcoal,” or, on the current theory, obsolete charren “to turn” (from Old English cerran) + cole “coal,” thus, “to turn to coal.”
- Carbon obtained by heating or burning organic material with restricted access of air.
- Activated charcoal.
- A black porous form of carbon produced by heating wood or bone in little or no air. Charcoal is used as a fuel, for drawing, and in air and water filters.