Main definitions of clinker in English

: clinker1clinker2

clinker1

Pronunciation /ˈkliNGkər/ /ˈklɪŋkər/

Translate clinker into Spanish

noun

  • 1The stony residue from burned coal or from a furnace.

    ‘The expected decrease of duty on cement and clinker from Rs 400 per tonne to Rs 350 per tonne didn't happen.’
    • ‘At its peak the mix reaches 1, 450C before exiting as a hard, gritty material called clinker.’
    • ‘To the extent possible, the concrete mixture should incorporate Portland cement of one type, made with clinker from a single source, and manufactured at the same plant.’
    • ‘The building can store as much as 400,000 tons of clinker.’
    • ‘These small grayish black pellets are called clinker.’
    • ‘The sintered material is cooled to form cement clinker.’
    • ‘Cement and clinker imports declined 6.5 percent in 2002, according to a recent PCA report.’
    • ‘The department originally issued the antidumping order on gray Portland cement and clinker from Mexico in 1990.’
    • ‘The company imported 33,000 tonnes of clinker to support the company's own production in order to maximise cement production.’
    • ‘The permitted operating capacity of the plant is 800,000 tons of clinker per year.’
    • ‘With additional analysis of shipping market development, the study also includes detailed appraisals of cement and clinker imports and exports.’
    • ‘Cement and clinker imports play an important role in supplementing domestic capacity constraints.’
    • ‘Another is a rounded piece of clinker, a porous material that results from the burning of coal seams.’
    • ‘I propose to reduce the customs duty on cement and clinkers from 25% to 20%.’
    • ‘An electric three-roll crusher reduces 95% of the clinker to less than 35 mm in size.’
    • ‘We cool the clinker, add a bit of gypsum to control setting time, and crush the mixture into a fine powder.’
    • ‘In addition, the plant has 11 air cannons installed on the clinker cooler.’
    • ‘The tremendous velocity of the particle-laden dust stream coupled with high temperatures coming off the clinker cooler rapidly eroded the elbow and standard-issue duct system.’
    • ‘Thirdly, reduce the clinker content in cement, by intergrinding cementious material like slag, fly ash, or limestone.’
    • ‘Holcim also has placed an order with IKN to upgrade the two clinker coolers at the Dundee, Mich. plant.’
    glowing coal, live coal
    1. 1.1A brick with a vitrified surface.
      as modifier ‘clinker-brick walls’
      • ‘Beneath the city's dense urban forest, low walls of Arroyo Seco stone and clinker brick front brown-shingled homes with porches set under graceful overhangs.’
      • ‘It will take about 1500 whole bricks, clinkers.’
      • ‘Remaindered brick packs - rough clinkers, chocolate browns, flash fired silvers - were placed randomly along the south elevation, to be laid as required.’

Origin

Mid 17th century from obsolete Dutch klinckaerd (earlier form of klinker), from klinken ‘to clink’.

Main definitions of clinker in English

: clinker1clinker2

clinker2

Pronunciation /ˈkliNGkər/ /ˈklɪŋkər/

Translate clinker into Spanish

noun

  • 1North American informal Something that is unsatisfactory, of poor quality, or a failure.

    • ‘marketing couldn't save such clinkers as these films’
    • ‘I was in the movie business, did some good movies, did a couple of clinkers.’
    • ‘So, updates will come a little quicker now, this was the clinker.’
    • ‘Luckily, the duo doesn't settle on such clinkers.’
    • ‘Every talented author is entitled to the occasional clinker.’
    • ‘Anyway Marron made it two with another clinker.’
    • ‘Your own prior experience with a clinker marriage does count for something.’
    • ‘He conducted wedding services, and when some of the marriages hit clinkers, he was a patient, extraordinarily attentive family counselor.’
    • ‘If that was the high point in the series, which Oregon leads 52-41-10, then the real clinker was the 1983 scoreless tie.’
    failure, disappointment, let-down, loser, non-achiever, ne'er-do-well
    1. 1.1A wrong musical note.
      • ‘Suddenly, I hit an obvious clinker with my right hand - a wrong note that had never happened before and that sounded pretty stupid.’
      • ‘After so many hits, the law of averages demanded a clinker from the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, and got it with A Little Night Music.’
      • ‘It seemed to me that she wasn't traumatized at the end with the clinker.’

Origin

Late 17th century (denoting a person or thing that clinks): from clink+ -er. clinker (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the mid 19th century, clinker (sense 1 of the noun) from the 1930s.