smoke

noun
\ ˈsmōk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \

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
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; smokes

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 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

Other Words from smoke

Noun

smokeless \ ˈsmō-​kləs How to pronounce smoke (audio) \ adjective
smokelike \ ˈsmōk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police said one group threw smoke grenades, larger fireworks and paint at the other group near Southwest Third Avenue and Main Street. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 James is accused of setting off smoke grenades and firing a handgun 33 times on a crowded N train traveling toward the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Mark Morales, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 James is accused of throwing smoke grenades and opening fire on a crowded N train in Sunset Park on April 12. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 28 Apr. 2022 The claim: The Brooklyn subway shooting was a false flag operation After a gunman threw smoke grenades and opened fire at a Brooklyn subway station on April 12, viral posts airing doubts about the attack spread online. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 James is accused of detonating two smoke grenades and firing 33 shots in a subway car approaching the 36th Street Station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The gunman sent off smoke grenades in a crowded subway car and then fired at least 33 shots with a 9 mm handgun, police said. Jennifer Peltz, Time, 13 Apr. 2022 The gunman sent off smoke grenades in a crowded subway car and then fired at least 33 shots with a 9 mm handgun, police said. Michael Balsamo, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 The gunman set off smoke grenades in a crowded subway car and then fired at least 33 shots with a 9 mm handgun, police said. CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Archibald later parked at the Forest Dale Golf Course to smoke a cigarette, charging documents state. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Animal fats like lard tend to smoke around 370 degrees Fahrenheit, while vegetable oils like safflower oil catch fire upward of 450 degrees. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 As of Thursday, the only place it’s legal to smoke weed in the state is one’s own residence. Jane Thier, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 In diners my father learned to smoke cigarettes and guzzle coffee and gobble down any food that was at hand, enough to get him through a double shift plus back-to-back classes. Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 If, in between pancakes, the oil begins to smoke, let the pan cool down. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Ten people were shot, and 19 others suffered injuries related to smoke inhalation, falling down or having a panic attack, officials said. Mark Morales, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Other passengers were being treated for injuries were related to smoke inhalation, possible shrapnel and the panic of the situation. Graham Kates, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 Put simply, these tobacco-free cigs take the edge off and help curb cravings by satisfying the urge to smoke. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for smoke

smoke

noun
\ ˈsmōk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \

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 How to pronounce smoke (audio) \
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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