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
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

With only the resources of an ordinary man, Gen. Flynn’s ability to defend himself and his family vanished in a puff of smoke. WSJ, "The Questionable Case Against Gen. Flynn," 17 Dec. 2018 Photos from the ground showed a section of the plane engulfed by fire and thick black smoke billowing to the sky. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Military plane carrying 9 crashes near Georgia airport; no apparent survivors, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 Aerosols emerge out of smoke billowing from a wildfire, ash hurtling out of volcano, or even dust blowing in the wind. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Global Aerosol Map Reveals the Long Reach of our Planet's Disasters," 27 Aug. 2018 Plumes of black smoke billowed from the fire as the cellophane released its chemical fumes — precisely why burn barrels have been outlawed in other counties. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Large clouds of black and gray smoke could be seen billowing out of the home. CBS News, "Dog feared dead in Virginia helicopter crash found alive inside damaged home," 9 July 2018 Tibs, a celebratory dish made with nubs of chicken (dark meat only) or beef, is forthright in flavor, bearing swallowed smoke from the grill. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Makina Cafe, Ethiopian Takeaway With Buoyant Injera," 28 June 2018 Aerial video showed plumes of white smoke above the blaze as fire crews doused flames from the roadway, aided by a lack of wind. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Brush fire burns in hills below Griffith Observatory," 20 June 2018 The machine hovered above us, at the edge of a cloud of yellow smoke billowing into the sky from a mock hazardous-waste spill. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And yeah, that six-core CPU simply smokes in the XPS 15, in ways even the fastest XPS 13 never could. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell XPS 13 vs. Dell XPS 15: Which should you buy?," 11 Sep. 2018 The first scientific breakthrough in lung cancer that affects individuals who never smoked, for example, was a genetic mutation in solid tumors commonly found in women of East Asian descent. Amy M. Miller, STAT, "Studying sex differences will improve health for women and men," 13 June 2018 The review was prompted, sources told the paper, because of recent behavior by Musk, including smoking marijuana on a podcast. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA concerned about culture of “inappropriateness” at SpaceX," 20 Nov. 2018 The mayor's new policy of issuing summonses to most people caught smoking marijuana will begin on Sept. 1. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "In New York City, Marijuana Smokers With Open Summonses to Get a Lift to Court," 19 Aug. 2018 Jordan, who grows her own pot, testified that smoking marijuana treats a variety of life-threatening side effects of the disease and that other forms of ingestion don’t have the same positive impact. Dara Kam, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Smokable medical pot case stays on hold," 3 July 2018 Jordan, who grows her own pot, testified that smoking marijuana treats a variety of life-threatening side effects of the disease and that other forms of ingestion don’t have the same positive impact. Dara Kam, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Smoking medical marijuana not allowed while legal fight continues," 3 July 2018 When Georgia authorities found out that smoking marijuana was ridding 15-year-old David Ray of seizures that had plagued him through childhood, the consequences were swift and severe. Christian Boone, ajc, "Teen reunited with family after pot-smoking flap," 2 July 2018 President Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy, a fellow Californian, in 1987 after the Senate rejected Robert Bork as too rigid and after a second nominee, Douglas Ginsburg, admitted smoking marijuana. NBC News, "Justice Kennedy to retire, Trump can solidify court's conservative majority," 27 June 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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