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Ash vs Soot - What's the difference?

ash | soot |

As nouns the difference between ash and soot

is that ash is the solid remains of a fire while soot is fine black or dull brown particles of amorphous carbon and tar, produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil etc.

As verbs the difference between ash and soot

is that ash is to reduce to a residue of ash. See ashing while soot is to cover or dress with soot.

As a proper noun Ash

is {{surname|topographic|from=Middle English}} for someone who lived near ash trees.



(wikipedia ash)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) asshe, from (etyl) ; see it for cognates.


  • The solid remains of a fire.
  • The audience was more captivated by the growing ash at the end of his cigarette than by his words.
    Ash from a fireplace can restore minerals to your garden's soil.
    Ashes from the fire floated over the street.
    Ash from the fire floated over the street.
  • (chemistry) The nonaqueous remains of a material subjected to any complete oxidation process.
  • Fine particles from a volcano, volcanic ash.
  • (in the plural) Human (or animal) remains after cremation.
  • The urn containing his ashes was eventually removed to a closet.
  • (figuratively) What remains after a catastrophe.
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  • Derived terms
    * Ash Wednesday * ash blonde * ash heap * ash hole * ash pan * ash pit * ash stand * ashcan * ashen * ashtray * ashy * the Ashes


  • (chemistry) To reduce to a residue of ash. See ashing .
  • * 1919 , Harry Gordon, Total Soluble and Insoluble Ash in Leather'', published in the ''Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association , W. K. Alsop and W. A. Fox, eds, volume XIV, number 1, on page 253
  • I dried the extracted leather very slowly on the steam bath
  • * 1981 , Hans Weill, Margaret Turner-Warwick, and Claude Lenfant, eds, Occupational Lung Diseases: Research Approaches and Methods'', ''Lung Biology in Health and disease, volume 18 , page 203
  • The inorganic material left after ashing lung tissue specimens not only contains inhaled particles but also very large quantities of inorganic residue derived from the tissue itself.
  • * 1989? , Annals of Botany , volume 64, issues 4-6, page 397
  • Ash and silica contents of the plant material were determined by classical gravimetric techniques. Tissue samples were ashed in platinum crucibles at about 500 °C, and the ash was treated repeatedly with 6 N hydrochloric acid to remove other mineral impurities.
  • * 2010 , S. Suzanne Nielsen, ed, Food Analysis, fourth edition , ISBN 978-1-4419-1477-4, Chapter 12, "Traditional Methods for Mineral Analysis", page 213
  • A 10-g food sample was dried, then ashed , and analyzed for salt (NaCl) content by the Mohr titration method (AgNO3 + Cl ? AgCl). The weight of the dried sample was 2g, and the ashed sample weight was 0.5g.
  • To hit the end off of a burning cigar or cigarette.
  • (obsolete, mostly used in the past tense) To cover newly-sown fields of crops with ashes.
  • * 1847 , H., Ashes on Corn.---An Experiment'', published in the ''Genesee Farmer , volume 8, page 281
  • Last spring, after I planted, I took what ashes I have saved during the last year, and put on my corn
  • * 1849 , in a lettre to James Higgins, published in 1850 in The American Farmer , volume V, number 7, pages 227-8
  • After the corn was planted, upon acre A, I spread broadcast one hundred bushels of lime, (cost $3) and fifty bushels of ashes, (cost $6.)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) asshe, from (etyl) ).


  • (countable, uncountable) A shade tree of the genus Fraxinus .
  • The ash''' trees are dying off due to emerald '''ash borer.
    The woods planted in ash will see a different mix of species.
  • (uncountable) The wood of this tree.
  • The traditional name for the ae ligature (), as used in Old English.
  • Derived terms
    * mountain ash * poison ash * prickly ash
    * (tree) ash tree

    See also

    * * Yggdrasil


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    (wikipedia soot)


  • Fine black or dull brown particles of amorphous carbon and tar, produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil etc.
  • Synonyms

    * lampblack

    See also

    * carbon black


    (en verb)
  • To cover or dress with soot.
  • to soot land