smoke

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon
b
: a suspension of particles in a gas
2
a
: a mass or column of smoke
b
: smudge
3
: fume or vapor often resulting from the action of heat on moisture
4
: something of little substance, permanence, or value
5
: something that obscures
6
a(1)
: something (such as a cigarette) to smoke
b
: an act of smoking tobacco
especially : a smoking break
7
a
: a pale blue
b
: any of the colors of smoke
8
: pitches that are fastballs
if a guy's going to hit you … he certainly isn't going to throw a spitter—he gives you smokeTony Conigliaro
smokeless adjective
smokelike adjective

smoke

2 of 2

verb

smoked; smoking; smokes

intransitive verb

1
a
: to emit or exhale smoke
b
: to emit excessive smoke
2
archaic : to undergo punishment : suffer
3
: to spread or rise like smoke
4
: to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco
especially : to smoke tobacco habitually

transitive verb

1
a
b
: to drive (something, such as mosquitoes) away by smoke
c
: to blacken or discolor with smoke
smoked glasses
d
: to cure or flavor by exposure to smoke
smoked ham
They smoked a rack of ribs.
… offers, among other things, a flavorful sirloin steak and barbecued smoked chicken.Andy Birsh
e
: to stupefy (insects, such as bees) by smoke
2
archaic : suspect
3
: to inhale and exhale the smoke of
smoke a cigarette
4
archaic : ridicule
5
slang : kill sense 1a
6
slang : to defeat or surpass decisively
7
: to hit (something, such as a baseball) with great force

Examples of smoke in a Sentence

Noun Smoke from the campfire stung my eyes. We could see black smoke from the house fire. Can I bum a few smokes off you? Verb I caught her smoking a cigarette. He was thrown out of school for smoking marijuana. She smokes and drinks, but I don't. Do you mind if I smoke in here? That old car smokes when you start it up. the smoking remains of a fire We smoke our hams over hickory.
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Noun
But the smoke was thick and the firefighters couldn’t find them before they were forced to leave the burning building. Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, 14 May 2024 Howard said that there have been no incidents at Hecate sites and that safety features include 24/7 monitoring for fire, smoke and gas as well as systems controlling temperature and ventilation. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for smoke 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English smoca; akin to Old English smēocan to emit smoke, Middle High German smouch smoke, and probably to Greek smychein to smolder

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of smoke was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Smoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smoke. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

smoke

1 of 2 noun
1
: the gas of burning materials (as coal, wood, or tobacco) made visible by small particles of carbon floating in it
2
: a mass or column of smoke
3
: something that has little substance or value or that doesn't last very long
4
: something that hides
5
a
: something to smoke (as a cigarette)
b
: an act of smoking tobacco
smokelike adjective

smoke

2 of 2 verb
smoked; smoking
1
a
: to give off or exhale smoke
b
: to give off too much smoke
2
a
: to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco
b
: to use in smoking
smoke a pipe
3
a
: to drive away by smoke
b
: to blacken or discolor with smoke
c
: to use smoke to give (as meat or cheese) flavor and keep from spoiling
smoker noun

Medical Definition

smoke

verb
smoked; smoking

intransitive verb

: to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco
especially : to smoke tobacco habitually

transitive verb

: to inhale and exhale the smoke of
smoked 30 cigarettes a day

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