chimney

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noun chim·ney \ˈchim-nē\

Definition of chimney

plural

chimneys

  1. 1 dialect :  fireplace, hearth

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 :  smokestack

  4. 4 :  a tube usually of glass placed around a flame (as of a lamp)

  5. 5 :  something resembling a chimney: such asa :  a narrow cleft or passage in rockb :  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

chimneylike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology 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



CHIMNEY Defined for English Language Learners

chimney

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noun chim·ney \ˈchim-nē\

Definition of chimney for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHIMNEY Defined for Kids

chimney

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noun chim·ney \ˈchim-nē\

Definition of chimney for Students

plural

chimneys

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



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