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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chimneylike \ ˈchim-​nē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce chimneylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chimney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything was white—the lawn, the garden umbrella, the chairs, the flower beds, the chimney pots of nearby homes. Sonia Faleiro, Harper's Magazine, "Valley of Unrest," 23 June 2020 Cold, fresh air brushed his cheeks, and snow squeaked under his shoes; the wind rattled the branches; a bird stood on a chimney. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 All three floors have a similar brick fireplace wall stacked above each other on the same chimney. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Architect, sculptor designed $1.9M Bloomfield Hills home for his family," 6 June 2020 The documents say officers found a rifle in the chimney, marijuana, ammunition and the goggles and mask Wooden wore the night of the riots. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Man faces federal charges after police say he fired rifle toward officers during riot," 3 June 2020 Many houses had damage to roofs, siding, gutters, chimneys and porches in the Wakefield and Dominion subdivisions, according to the weather service. Leigh Morgan, al, "Mobile County tornado had estimated winds of 100 mph, National Weather Service says," 21 Apr. 2020 Its mountains were formed by volcanoes, like so many chimneys. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, but many home cooks make it on the stovetop. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "16 Flatbread Recipes to Satisfy Your Carb Cravings," 25 Mar. 2020 Concrete slabs fell on cars and chimneys landed in front of entrances. NBC News, "Strong earthquake rocks Croatia causing widespread panic and damage in capital," 22 Mar. 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chimney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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