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 chimneylike (audio) \ adjective

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The essential role pigeons played in the war effort was further reinforced when the coded message found attached to the pigeon in the Surrey chimney was finally deciphered. Hilda Kean, WSJ, "‘Operation Columba’ Review: Carriers of Hope," 7 Nov. 2018 From the Fourviere terrace, there’s a commanding view of Lyon’s old town, with its Renaissance roofs sporting uniform chimneys, and the Presqu’ile’s elegant 19th-century architecture. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 All three of the ship’s masts and its two chimneys are broken. James Rogers, Fox News, "Sunken Imperial Russian warship may contain $130 billion in gold," 19 July 2018 There are scenes from Robert Burns’s poetry carved into the lobby’s chimney and contemporary verse by Alec Finlay, a poet-in-residence of sorts, inscribed on headboards. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A New Hotel From the Hauser & Wirth Art Dealers," 3 Dec. 2018 In several towns, nearly all telegraph and telephone wires were down, and severe damage had been done to chimneys and trees, many of which had blown down. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "This storm sounds bad. The Great Blizzard of March 12, 1888, was a lot worse," 12 Mar. 2018 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, OregonLive.com, "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

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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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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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