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

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 How to pronounce smokeless (audio) \ adjective
smokelike \ ˈsmōk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce smokelike (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another band of smoke will likely develop by noon, the heaviest around the junction of highways 188 and 288. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire hits 66,000 acres; community meeting set for Friday evening," 21 June 2019 In the second round, there’s a ton of smoke indicating that Golden State will select Santa Cruz Warriors player Alen Smailagić with the No. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Don’t write off the Warriors just yet," 20 June 2019 The ship is reportedly on fire, trailing a large plume of smoke. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Two Oil Tankers Attacked in the Middle East, U.S. Destroyer Rescues Crew," 13 June 2019 Firefighters cleared the hotel of smoke, and no evacuations were required, NOFD Chief Tim McConnell said at the scene. Laura Mcknight, nola.com, "Malfunctioning vacuum cleaner sparks 2-alarm fire at Entergy high-rise: NOFD," 6 June 2019 For nearly two months, smoke was so thick that even giant Shasta was obscured from view from near Interstate 5. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Planning a trip to California’s far north this summer? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 The smoke was coming from the basement, the reports said. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five pets died in an electrical fire at an Oak Creek home," 5 June 2019 Wildfire smoke has been a natural part of life on earth for at least 400 million years. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 Machine-gun fire and explosions were heard and smoke rose from the area. NBC News, "Machine-gun fire heard as troops besiege protest camp in Sudan," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chipotle peppers are red jalapeño peppers that have been dried and smoked. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: What are chipotle peppers?," 21 June 2019 Heat a glug of neutral oil until smoking hot and add the green beans with a pinch of salt. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Blistered Green Beans With Tomatoes, Pounded Walnuts and Raw Summer Squash," 21 June 2019 In April, Mark Gluck launched The Rec Pizzeria, serving Detroit-style pizza, smoked chicken wings and bottles of Faygo from a little nook of a joint in Peoria. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to add your June must-try list," 21 June 2019 There are always specials — a lasagna of the night, maybe made with ground beef and spinach; baked ziti with chicken, hot sausage, smoked mozzarella, and an array of vegetables. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019 The final climactic fight scene happens in a dark basement sporting industrial spinning fans with light and smoke pouring out of them. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "New ‘Child’s Play’ full of seriously scary fun," 20 June 2019 And black drivers were cited for possession in 2017 at six times the rate of white people, even though national studies show both groups smoke it at virtually the same rate. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville just moved closer to telling police not to prioritize pot possession," 19 June 2019 Prime marinates the chicken in allspice and habanero before smoking the wings over pimento wood and grilling them to order. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cane doubles the pleasures with chef-driven Caribbean cooking," 19 June 2019 In order to endure the smell and discomfort, the three men drank and smoked throughout the night. National Geographic, "They perform an essential health service—in secret," 17 June 2019

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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
informal : 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 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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