Definition of chimney
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
3 : smokestack
4 : a tube usually of glass placed around a flame (as of a lamp)
5 : something resembling a chimney: such asa : a narrow cleft or passage in rockb : 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
chimneylikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of chimney from the Web
All of it, simple American greed magnified by a culture of celebrity and, through a fluke presidential election, dropped like a dead squirrel in a chimney into the world's greatest democracy—and, as a result, stinking up the entire joint.
One of the cannonballs then collided into and killed a cow; the other demolished the chimney of a nearby home.
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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
First Known Use: 14th century
CHIMNEY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of chimney for Students
: a structure that allows smoke to escape (as from a fireplace) and that is often made of brick
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