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

Donnelly, the neighbor, said he was alerted to the fire by a popping noise followed by the sound of smoke alarms. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters," 14 July 2018 Nobody wakes up who is sleeping in that kind of smoke for that many hours. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 The blaze sent up an enormous plume of smoke that was photographed by park-goers as well as others miles away. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Griffith Observatory to remain closed through Friday after brush fire scorches parkland," 12 July 2018 This reduction is due to factors including cleaner vehicle standards and the local Check Before you Burn program for controlling wood smoke. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "Air pollution increases risk for type 2 diabetes, study finds," 12 July 2018 Kara Skahen is program director of Live Smoke Free, an organization that advocates for smoke-free housing. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Battles between smokers, nonsmokers may be heating up," 11 July 2018 The steam that had looked from a distance like a cloud of chic Italian cigarette smoke now seemed more menacing. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Children were 31 percent less likely to be obese in adolescence when moms didn’t smoke. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "5 things moms can do to reduce child obesity risk, according to a new study," 11 July 2018 The fire burned for hours, sending up a massive plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Speaker Manufacturer Destroyed In Massive Stratford Fire," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just imagine: an encased farce of brined and smoked brisket dragged through the garden of the orthodox Chicago condiments. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 Diners not feeling hungry (or flush) enough for the Osetra caviar with cauliflower custard and smoked Japanese Wagyu beef on the $285 tasting menu can still indulge in Kostow's cooking with a three-course, $125 menu at the restaurant's bar. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 In Colorado, many communities have canceled firework displays, and a number of federal public lands and counties have some degree of fire restrictions in place, banning things like campfires or smoking outdoors. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Wildfire destroys over 100 Colorado homes ahead of holiday," 3 July 2018 The First District Court of Appeal’s decision means that patients will continue to be barred from legally smoking medical marijuana for the foreseeable future — at least until the appellate court issues a final ruling on the merits of the case. Dara Kam, miamiherald, "In latest of a flurry of court actions, smoking medical marijuana is prohibited again," 18 June 2018 Take a look through the gallery above to see which celebrities smoke marijuana. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texas police offer 'resort' stay for people who bring in their marijuana," 20 Apr. 2018 China on Tuesday allowed Liu Xia to fly to Berlin, ending an eight-year house arrest that drew international criticism and made the soft-spoken, chain-smoking 57-year-old poet with a shaven head a tragic icon known around the world. Gerry Shih And Kirsten Grieshaber, chicagotribune.com, "China lets Nobel Prize winner's widow go to Berlin after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 The market for edibles has been consistently growing as more people look for ways to avoid smoking marijuana. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 In 1908, New York banned women from smoking in public. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 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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