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- the passage through which smoke or fumes from a fire escape; flue
- a structure containing a flue or flues and extending above the roof of a building
- a glass tube set around the flame of a candle or lamp
- something like a chimney; specif.,
- a narrow column of rock formed by erosion, esp. that caused by waves
- ☆ a vertical body of ore
- the vent of a volcano or cave
- Chiefly Brit. a smokestack
- Dialectal a hearth
Origin: Middle English chimene, a fireplace ; from Old French cheminée ; from Late Latin caminata, fireplace ; from Classical Latin caminus, furnace, flue ; from Classical Greek kaminos, oven, fireplace; ultimately ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form kam, to arch from source camera
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noun pl. chim·neys
- a. A passage through which smoke and gases escape from a fire or furnace; a flue.b. The usually vertical structure containing a chimney.c. The part of such a structure that rises above a roof.
- Chiefly British A smokestack, as of a ship or locomotive.
- A glass tube for enclosing the flame of a lamp.
- Something, such as a narrow cleft in a cliff, resembling a chimney.
Origin: Middle English chimenei, from Old French cheminee, from Late Latin camīnāta, fireplace, from Latin camīnus, furnace, from Greek kamīnos.
chimney - Science Definition
- An elongated opening in a volcano through which magma reaches the Earth's surface.
- A stack of minerals that have precipitated out of a hydrothermal vent on the floor of a sea or ocean. See more at hydrothermal vent.
- An isolated column of rock along a coastline, formed by the erosion of a sea cliff by waves. Chimneys are smaller than stacks.
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