chimney

noun
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 chimney (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chimney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The preacher is standing on his chimney when the National Guard flies overhead in a helicopter. Kyle Whitmire, al, 28 July 2021 To set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, light the coals in a chimney, then rake the hot coals into two piles at opposite sides of the grill with a foil drip pan between them. Steven Raichlen New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 The flames had spared only their brick chimney and a detached garage. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2021 One of the contractors was in serious condition, and the other had non-life-threatening injuries after the chimney collapsed, said Blair Adams, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Fire Department. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, 6 July 2021 Later that year, a man from England died after spending nearly 15 hours trapped in a chimney. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2021 To set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, light the coals in a chimney, then rake the hot coals into two piles at opposite sides of the grill with a foil drip pan between them. New York Times, 15 June 2021 If the temperature drops below 250 degrees, prepare a little more charcoal in the chimney and add to the grill. Tim Carman, Arkansas Online, 26 May 2021 The aide provided few details on what maintenance the home located at One Observatory Circle would need besides replacing chimney liners. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 22 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Aug 2021

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“Chimney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chimney. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for chimney

chimney

noun

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

chimney

noun
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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