Smoke meaning

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Something without substance, significance, or lasting reality.
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The vaporous system made up of small particles of carbonaceous matter in the air, resulting mainly from the burning of organic material, such as wood or coal.
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Something insubstantial, unreal, or transitory.
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A cloud of fine particles.
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A substance used in warfare to produce a smoke screen.
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Something used to conceal or obscure.
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A pale to grayish blue to bluish or dark gray.
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To emit smoke or a smokelike substance.

Chimneys smoking in the cold air.

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To emit smoke excessively.

The station wagon smoked even after the tune-up.

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To preserve (meat or fish) by exposure to the aromatic smoke of burning hardwood, usually after pickling in salt or brine.
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To expose (glass) to smoke in order to darken or change its color.
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(baseball) To throw (a pitch) at high velocity.
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Any vapor, fume, mist, etc. resembling smoke.
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Something that beclouds or obscures.
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A dusky gray.
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(chem.) A suspension of solid particles in a gas.
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To give off smoke or a smokelike substance.
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To discharge smoke in the wrong place, esp. into a room.
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To give off too much smoke.
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(informal) To move or operate very rapidly.
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To stain or color with smoke.
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(informal) Tobacco in a form that can be smoked, especially a cigarette.

Money to buy smokes.

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Smoke is defined as to use cigarettes, a cigar or a pipe, or to stain or cook with the residue from something burning.

An example of smoke is to inhale the fumes of a cigarette.

An example of smoke is to cook fish over a fire.

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Smoke is a cloud from something burning, or slang for a time period during which cigarettes or tobacco are used.

An example of smoke is a cloud rising from a burning candle.

An example of a smoke is a cigarette break.

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(baseball) Pitches thrown at high velocity; fast balls.

Threw a lot of smoke in the early innings.

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To treat (meat, fish, etc.) with smoke, as in flavoring or curing.
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To fumigate as with smoke.
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To drive or force into the open with or as with smoke; force out of hiding, secrecy, etc.
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To stupefy or stun (bees, etc.) with smoke.
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To draw the smoke of or from (tobacco, a pipe, etc.) into the mouth, and often lungs, and blow it out again.
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(archaic) To detect or be suspicious of.
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(obs.) To tease or mock.
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(slang) To hit or throw with great force.

The batter smoked the ball over the fence.

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To emit smoke or a smokelike substance.

Chimneys smoking in the cold air.

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A mixture of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other gases, usually containing particles of soot or other solids, produced by the burning of carbon-containing materials such as wood and coal.
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(uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.
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(colloquial, countable) A cigarette.

Can I bum a smoke off you?; I need to go buy some smokes.

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(colloquial, countable, never plural) An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.

I'm going out for a smoke.

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(uncountable, figuratively) A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result.

The excitement behind the new candidate proved to be smoke.

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(uncountable, figuratively) Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors.

The smoke of controversy.

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(uncountable) A light grey colour/color tinted with blue.

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(military, uncountable) A particulate of solid or liquid particles dispersed into the air on the battlefield to degrade enemy ground or for aerial observation. Smoke has many uses--screening smoke, signaling smoke, smoke curtain, smoke haze, and smoke deception. Thus it is an artificial aerosol.
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(baseball, slang) A fastball.
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To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.

He's smoking his pipe.

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(intransitive) To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke regularly or habitually.

Do you smoke?

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(intransitive) To give off smoke.

My old truck was still smoking even after the repairs.

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To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke.

You'll need to smoke the meat for several hours.

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(slang) To perform (e.g. music) energetically or skillfully. Almost always in present participle form.

The horn section was really smokin' on that last tune.

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(US, slang) To kill, especially with a gun.

He got smoked by the mob.

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(New Zealand, slang) To beat someone at something.

We smoked them at rugby.

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William Shakespeare.

He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.

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Addison.

Upon that [...] I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.

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To burn; to be kindled; to rage.
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To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
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To suffer severely; to be punished.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Of the colour known as smoke.
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Made of or with smoke.
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(UK, slang, with "the") London.

I'm heading down to the Smoke later this week.

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A suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in a gaseous medium.
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smoke and mirrors
  • Something that deceives or distorts the truth:
    Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
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go up in smoke
  • to be consumed by fire
  • to come to nothing; fail utterly
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of smoke

  • Middle English from Old English smoca

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

  • From Middle English smoke, from Old English smoca (“smoke"), probably a derivative of the verb smocian (“to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate"), from Proto-Germanic *smukōnÄ… (“to smoke"), ablaut derivative of Proto-Germanic *smeukanÄ… (“to smoke"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug(h)- (“to smoke"). Related to Old English smÄ“ocan (“to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate"), Dutch smook (“smoke"), Middle Low German smōk (“smoke"), German dialectal Schmauch (“smoke"), Bavarian schmuckelen (“to smell bad, reek").

    From Wiktionary