Chimney definition

chĭmnē
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(chiefly british) A smokestack, as of a ship or locomotive.
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A glass tube for enclosing the flame of a lamp.
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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.
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A structure containing a flue or flues and extending above the roof of a building.
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(dial.) A hearth.
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Something, such as a narrow cleft in a cliff, resembling a chimney.
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A passage through which smoke and gases escape from a fire or furnace; a flue.
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The usually vertical structure containing a chimney.
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The part of such a structure that rises above a roof.
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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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(UK) The smokestack of a steam locomotive.
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(climbing) To negotiate a chimney (sense #4) by pushing against the sides with back, feet, hands, etc.
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The passage through which smoke or fumes from a fire escape; flue.
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A glass tube set around the flame of a candle or lamp.
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Something like a chimney.
  • 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.
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(chiefly brit.) A smokestack.
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An elongated opening in a volcano through which magma reaches the Earth's surface.
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A stack of minerals that have precipitated out of a hydrothermal vent on the floor of a sea or ocean.
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The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chimney
Plural:
chimneys

Origin of chimney

  • Middle English chimenei from Old French cheminee from Late Latin camīnāta fireplace from Latin camīnus furnace from Greek kamīnos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French cheminee, from Latin caminus, from Ancient Greek κάμινος (kaminos, “furnace”).

    From Wiktionary