chim·​ney | \ ˈchim-nē How to pronounce chimney (audio) \
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 \ ˈchim-​nē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce chimneylike (audio) \ adjective

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The explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover last Thursday resulted in at least 70 fires, injured more than two dozen people and killed an 18-year-old Lawrence resident who died after a chimney fell on his vehicle. Fox News, "Columbia Gas customers file class-action lawsuit over Boston-area explosions, fires," 19 Sep. 2018 From its highest pitch near a pointy stone chimney, the roof spills all the way down stucco walls that are as bumpy and character-filled as anything Walt Disney drew. Janet Eastman,, "Snow White's cottage is still for sale in Olalla, outside of Seattle (photos)," 3 Apr. 2018 Soto tried to save Leonel Rondon, 18, who was killed in the incident after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Massachusetts officer loses home while trying to save teen killed in gas explosions," 15 Sep. 2018 Leonel Rondon, 18 years old, died in Lawrence when a chimney tore off a house and collapsed onto the car he was parked in, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Pipe Pressure Eyed in Gas Blasts," 14 Sep. 2018 Lighting a second chimney will give you more hot coals at the ready. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018 Make chimney: Coat with icing and add speckled white jelly beans. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Build the Ultimate Rustic Gingerbread House With These Easy-to-Follow Stencils," 14 Nov. 2018 All, however, maintained a few common characteristics: Steep roofs, front-facing gables, small-paned windows, prominent chimneys, and asymmetrical facades. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Updated Tudor near NYC asks $1.8M," 17 Dec. 2018 The carcasses of cars, paint scorched off and tires melted, were scattered along the streets. Umair Irfan/Vox The homes in Paradise are now almost all flattened save for their brick chimneys stubbornly standing firm. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018

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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 How to pronounce chimney (audio) \
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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