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    Default When a candle goes out or when a piece of burning log goes out and you see smoke.

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    When a candle goes out and you see smoke going up from it, how do you describe it?
    Oh Gosh! the candle is .............?
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    Default Re: When a candle goes out or when a piece of burning log goes out and you see smoke.

    '...burnt out'.

    I thought of guttering at first, but that's what the flame does at an earlier stage when it's nearly burnt out – flickering, fluttering and struggling to stay alight.

    A log would be smoking when it's no longer burning.

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    Default Re: When a candle goes out or when a piece of burning log goes out and you see smoke.

    Smouldering?

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    Default Re: When a candle goes out or when a piece of burning log goes out and you see smoke.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Smouldering?
    Doesn't sound right to me. If it's not guttering, then I think it's just smoking.

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    Default Re: When a candle goes out or when a piece of burning log goes out and you see smoke.

    Hmm, you're right as far as a candle is concerned actually, now I think about it. However, I think I might describe a log as still smouldering after the actual flame has gone out.

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    Default Re: When a candle goes out or when a piece of burning log goes out and you see smoke.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Hmm, you're right as far as a candle is concerned actually, now I think about it. However, I think I might describe a log as still smouldering after the actual flame has gone out.
    I agree.

    We can use this of many things, but I think that smouldering needs to go on for some time, and that the thing smouldering is giving off some amount of heat and/or it is glowing (possibly only slightly). By blowing on what is smouldering and, possibly, adding more fuel, flames can be re-started.

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