noun chim·ney \ˈchim-nē\

: a part of a building through which smoke rises into the outside air; especially : the part that sticks up above the roof

: a tall narrow opening through a large piece of rock (such as a cliff) that can be used for climbing the rock

plural chimneys

Full Definition of CHIMNEY

dial :  fireplace, hearth
:  a vertical structure incorporated into a building and enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke; especially :  the part of such a structure extending above a roof
:  a tube usually of glass placed around a flame (as of a lamp)
:  something resembling a chimney: as
a :  a narrow cleft or passage in rock
b :  a tall column of rock on the ocean floor that is formed by the precipitation of minerals from superheated water issuing from a hydrothermal vent and rising through the column of rock
chim·ney·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of CHIMNEY

Middle English, from Anglo-French chiminee, from Late Latin caminata, from Latin caminus furnace, fireplace, from Greek kaminos; perhaps akin to Greek kamara vault
First Known Use: 14th century
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noun chim·ney \ˈchim-nē\
plural chimneys

Definition of CHIMNEY for Kids

:  a structure that allows smoke to escape (as from a fireplace) and that is often made of brick


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