chimney

noun chim·ney \ ˈchim-nē \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of chimney

plural chimneys
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

chimneylike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of 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



CHIMNEY Defined for English Language Learners

chimney

noun

Definition of chimney for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

chimney

noun chim·ney \ ˈchim-nē \

Definition of chimney for Students

plural chimneys
: a structure that allows smoke to escape (as from a fireplace) and that is often made of brick


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