smoke

noun
\ˈsmōk \

Definition of smoke 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2a : 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

6a(1) : something (such as a cigarette) to smoke

(2) : marijuana sense 2

b : an act of smoking tobacco especially : a smoking break

7a : 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 smoke— Tony Conigliaro

smoke

verb
smoked; smoking

Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

1a : fumigate

b : to drive (something, such as mosquitoes) away by smoke

c : to blacken or discolor with smoke smoked glasses

d : to cure by exposure to smoke smoked ham

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

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Other Words from smoke

Noun

smokeless \ˈsmō-​kləs \ adjective
smokelike \ˈsmōk-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco’s cable cars, the Oakland Zoo and other San Francisco Bay Area area attractions were closed Monday because of smoke from the blaze some 140 miles (225 kilometers) away. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire," 20 Nov. 2018 The autopsy results concluded Dad died of thermal injuries and inhalation of smoke from the fire and explosion. Isobella Jade, SELF, "Carrying My Father's Memory, and His Coffee Cup," 18 Oct. 2018 Sure, there’s no fire yet, but that’s an awful lot of smoke. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia teases Gamescom event with 'spectacular surprises'," 30 July 2018 In the video, Meghan can be seen pressing a button which sets off a chain of events, appearing to blow some smoke in her direction, and making a loud noise that catches her by complete surprise. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Students Just Scared the Bejesus out of Meghan Markle During the Royal Tour," 18 Oct. 2018 If there was smoke before, there’s an outright fire now. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia teaser suggests GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week," 14 Aug. 2018 Fox 6 is reporting that a police officer suffered smoke inhalation and another person inside the home suffered a burn on an arm. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Child, police officer among three injured in Milwaukee house fire Wednesday," 4 July 2018 Khristopher and Kailani Gober suffered from smoke inhalation and burns, Jones said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Bail reduction bid denied for Gary mom accused of leaving 2 children to die in fire," 2 July 2018 An apartment fire in Kingwood early Friday morning sent one woman to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Woman hospitalized after Kingwood apartment fire," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Magazine, Styling by George Cortina Shifting her persona from a whiskey-drinking, cigarette-smoking cool girl to a health nut had an unintended effect. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Convert You," 4 Dec. 2018 Other methods include not smoking, eating a healthy low-salt and low-cholesterol diet, and engaging in routine physical activity. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 Keven Paul Mejia, a 27-year-old former security guard from the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, said there were some delinquents traveling with the group of several thousand who smoke marijuana and get drunk. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Caravan migrants weigh options after court blocks Trump ban," 20 Nov. 2018 Victims also collaboratively described Perrault as someone who smoked pipes and wore silk underwear. Fox News, "Priest who fled America blamed sex abuse on cancer he didn't have, officials say," 26 Sep. 2018 However, estrogen-containing birth control methods aren't recommended for everyone, including people who smoke and are over 35, people with a history of blood clots, and people who've had breast cancer. Korin Miller, SELF, "A Birth Control Ring You Can Use for a Whole Year Is Now FDA-Approved," 14 Aug. 2018 Holy Ground, adjacent to it, is all about meat, mostly smoked, and served with more grace and flair than at your typical barbecue joint: Kurobuta pork shoulder is pulled tableside. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Stir, in Philadelphia Museum of Art, Prepares for October Opening," 10 July 2018 Orly’s also smokes turkey legs ($8 each) on Thursdays and just started doing up beef ribs ($12.99 per plate) on Fridays. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Orly’s BBQ," 6 July 2018 The Washington Post reports that Fogleman’s mother had never smoked and didn’t want to expose small children in the family to the noxious fumes. Angela Helm, The Root, "Virginia Hotel Employee Angrily Calls Black Man a ‘Monkey’ in Dispute Over Room," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of smoke

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

History and Etymology for smoke

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

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smoke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cloud of black, gray, or white gases and dust that is produced by burning something

: a cigarette, cigar, etc. : something that people smoke

: the act of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.

smoke

verb

English Language Learners Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

: to suck the smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc., into your mouth and lungs and then exhale it

: to produce smoke

: to use smoke to flavor and preserve (food, such as meat, cheese, or fish)

smoke

noun
\ˈsmōk \

Kids Definition of smoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the gas given off by burning materials (as coal, wood, or tobacco) made visible by particles of carbon floating in it

2 : the act of drawing in and blowing out the fumes of burning tobacco

smoke

verb
smoked; smoking

Kids Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give out smoke The fire was still smoking.

2 : to draw in and blow out the fumes of burning tobacco (as in a cigarette)

3 : to expose (as meat) to the fumes of burning materials to give flavor and keep from spoiling

Other Words from smoke

smoker noun

smoke

verb
\ˈsmōk \
smoked; smoking

Medical Definition of smoke 

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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