- 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 of chimneyMiddle 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
- 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 of chimneyMiddle English chimenei, from Old French cheminee, from Late Latin camīnāta, fireplace, from Latin camīnus, furnace, from Greek kamīnos.
- A vertical tube or hollow column used to emit environmentally polluting gaseous and solid matter (including but not limited to by-products of burning carbon or hydro-carbon based fuels); a flue.
- The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.
- (UK) The smokestack of a steam locomotive.
- A narrow cleft in a rock face; a narrow vertical cave passage.
(third-person singular simple present chimneys, present participle chimneying, simple past and past participle chimneyed)
- (climbing) To negotiate a chimney (sense #4) by pushing against the sides with back, feet, hands, etc.