Meaning of “ash” in the English Dictionary

"ash" in British English

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uk /æʃ/ us /æʃ/

ash noun (POWDER)

[ U ] the soft grey or black powder that is left after a substance, especially tobacco, coal, or wood, has burned:

ashes [ plural ]

what is left of something after it has been destroyed by fire, especially what is left of a human body after it has been burned:

Her ashes were scattered at sea.
Allied bombing left Dresden in ashes in 1945.

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uk /æʃ/ us /æʃ/

(Definition of “ash” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ash" in American English

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ashnoun [ C/U ]

us /æʃ/

ash noun [ C/U ] (POWDER)

the soft, gray or black, powdery substance left after something has burned:

[ C ] We cleaned the ashes out of the fireplace.

ash noun [ C/U ] (TREE)

a tree that has a smooth gray bark (= strong outer covering), or the hard wood of this tree

(Definition of “ash” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)