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

Only your wit, your decisions, your thoughts, your opinions, would be allowed to swill, snaking like coils of smoke filling each room, traveling into me, your words replacing mine. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 When the door opened, a swirl of cigarette smoke oozed out and wrapped around my head like a thick ribbon. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 In the shadows, a dragon with a polka-dot tail lashes at the rafters, while blue-faced Tibetan demons grimace, their goggle-eyes yellowed by smoke. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Video footage of the incident shows a group of firefighters consumed by smoke as screams are heard in the background. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Fire Rips Through Queens Commercial Strip, Injuring 12," 13 Dec. 2018 According to local media, witnesses have reported seeing F-15 fighter jets chasing the plane, followed by smoke and loud boom. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Alaska Airlines plane stolen from SeaTac airport: What we know so far," 11 Aug. 2018 Firefighter turned back by smoke, witness says Advertisement A fire in Lebanon, Mo., killed five children and critically hurt a woman Wednesday morning. Max Londberg, kansascity, "No smoke alarms found in Ozarks home where five kids were killed by fire, chief says," 12 June 2018 Among those killed in the fire were immigrants, children, the elderly, the poor and their pets — most of them trapped by smoke and flames on the upper floors, hours after the first firefighters arrived. William Booth And Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Britain’s Grenfell Tower inquiry looks at how a high-rise became ‘a highly combustible death trap’," 9 June 2018 It won’t be solved by sending existing intellectual-property rights up in smoke. WSJ, "Keep Incentives, Burn Only Expiring Patents," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lung-cancer incidence is declining twice as fast among men as women, which in part reflects the fact that women historically took up smoking in large numbers in later decades and were slower to quit. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Cancer Deaths Decline 27% Over 25 Years," 8 Jan. 2019 An otherwise casual person who wears scrubs to work, Nate looked smoking hot in a suit, complimented my outfit, was gracious to the newlyweds and their family, fetched drinks for my friends, and even spun a grandma around the dance floor. 2. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "15 Lessons I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Marriage," 8 Jan. 2019 The pastrami is cured and smoked in-house, bagels are kettle-boiled and hand-rolled, and all breads are house-made next door. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 Should the Florida Legislature pass a statewide ban on smoking at the beach? Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Is it time to ban beach smoking?," 2 July 2018 Piringer tweeted that someone might have been smoking in the driveway but the investigation into the cause of the blaze continues. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Groom grabs his ring as family flees house fire in Maryland the morning of his wedding," 27 June 2018 The upshot: The Facebook users were 2½ times more likely to stop smoking than young adults who were exposed to more traditional online quitting programs — in this case, the National Cancer Institute’s smokefree.gov website. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can Facebook help you quit smoking? Study indicates yes," 24 May 2018 Downed lines that appear to be smoking or sparking can be reported to 911. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Updates from Seattle’s snowy Monday: Rain coming as warm air moves north," 12 Feb. 2019 At the intersection of three distinct culinary backgrounds, patrons can expect to see dishes combining Vicedomini’s smoked meat expertise with the Thai curries and spices that give Ninsom his name. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 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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