chim·​ney | \ˈchim-nē \
plural chimneys

Definition of chimney 

1 dialect : fireplace, hearth

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

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

5 : something resembling a chimney: such 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

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Other Words from chimney

chimneylike \-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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All the rooms are visible from the exterior except the bathrooms, one of which is enclosed by the kitchen wall and the other by the fireplace chimney. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Revitalizing a Michigan Midcentury Marvel," 15 Nov. 2018 Hoping to rectify the situation, the saint slid down the family’s chimney in the middle of the night to fill the girls’ stockings, which had been hung on the mantle to dry, with shiny gold coins. Vogue, "Day 8: Stuff Your Stockings With Care," 12 Nov. 2018 Dump half of the chimney’s contents in a heap banked against one side of your kettle. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 But seeing the storks on the palace chimney was the magical part. L. Kim Tan,, "In Latvia, we got carried away with storks," 26 June 2018 The windows reveal only the cold blue winter sky; sets of chimneys stand perfectly erect in defiance of the hollow ruin within the high walls of stone. David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 Garden Two: The storied home, with a round window in the front chimney, was built in 1926 for the president of Terminals and Interstate Freight Lines. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 There is one-knife millwork throughout the home, featured especially on the two-story chimney wall of the Great Room. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Tour the Kentucky Derby Festival president's home before the Run for the Roses," 3 May 2018 The focal point of the 15-foot-by-12-foot living room is a two-sided wood-burning stone fireplace set into the center chimney. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 5 Ridgewood Rd., Burlington," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of chimney

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of chimney was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of chimney

: 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


chim·​ney | \ˈchim-nē \
plural chimneys

Kids Definition of chimney

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

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