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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With its six towering chimneys and a red-tile roof, the 91-year-old Tudor Revival Harley Clarke Mansion at 2603 Sheridan Road is a striking architectural presence. Blair Kamin,, "Evanston plan to demolish Harley Clarke mansion: Public vision or hidden agendas?," 13 July 2018 See the offwidth above us, that widens to a chimney and overhangs for 120 feet? Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "The Story of the First Ascent," 9 July 2018 Some chimneys may collapse and others may be weakened and should be approached with caution. Gary Robbins,, "Safety tips to follow before, during and after an earthquake," 8 July 2018 Things like roofs, vents, rain gutters, windows, garages, patio covers, eaves and soffits, walls, fences and chimneys should be assessed. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 June 2018 Classic Jacobethan Revival features outside include a two-story turret with a conical roof, five fluted chimneys and contrasting stone quoins accenting corners. Janet Eastman,, "Storied Cobbs Mansion has an indoor skate ramp and $77,632 tax bill (photos)," 18 May 2018 Particle pollution is a mix of chemicals from tailpipes, chimneys and other sources that react in the atmosphere. Kevin Spear,, "Lake County has least healthy air in Central Florida, American Lung Association says," 8 May 2018 Here are some tips: Make sure your fireplace and chimney meet safety codes. Debbi Snook,, "Safety tips for fireplace cooking," 11 Apr. 2018 There are five large fireplaces and four large stone chimneys. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Lake Huron home, built by Carhartt granddaughter, rustic and elegant," 5 May 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 \
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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