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

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 Vast plumes of smoke are pouring into major cities along the east coast, imposing a dire respiratory health hazard on millions of people. Matt Simon, Wired, "Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire," 3 Jan. 2020 Firefighters and police officers responded to a 47-unit apartment building at 1431 Big Bend Road at about 11 p.m. after receiving a report of smoke in the building. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One person died in a Waukesha apartment fire," 26 Dec. 2019 Depending on how long it’s roasted, a light roast can have hints of smoke. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "Rooster’s Crow Roastery owner says coffee is ‘a gift from God’," 23 Dec. 2019 USA TODAY Ovation of the Seas passenger Sylvain Plasse was hiking down the side of Mount Maunganui in New Zealand during a port stop in Tauranga whenhe saw plumes of smoke rising off White Island. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Excitement turned into horror': New cruise details emerge after New Zealand volcano eruption," 20 Dec. 2019 Videos were shared showing clouds of smoke filling the air as firefighters were shooting water towards the vessel. CBS News, "Singer Marc Anthony's luxury yacht "engulfed in flames" in Miami marina," 19 Dec. 2019 The Phoenix Fire Department previously described the man and girl as being in stable condition while the woman was in critical condition after breathing in a considerable amount of smoke. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "4-year-old girl who died in Phoenix apartment fire is identified," 17 Dec. 2019 Later on, the meteors will present quicker streaks or leave trails of smoke that appear to glow. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday," 12 Dec. 2019 Russian media outlets reported that fire control teams were struggling to contain and extinguish the blaze, while dramatic videos of the ship surrounded by thick plumes of smoke have proliferated on social media. NBC News, "Major fire breaks out on unlucky Russian aircraft carrier," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hike the islands’ signature, red-sandstone cliffs year-round, maybe accompanied with a picnic of local cheeses, smoked herring, and artisan breads. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 The Pelicans lost their eighth in a row Saturday, suffering their largest margin of defeat of the season in getting smoked at Dallas by 46 points (130-84). Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans odds, picks and best bets," 9 Dec. 2019 In the 2016-17 season, the defending champions got smoked in the second game of the Eastern Conference finals at Milwaukee, 8-4, setting up a 15-minute mini-game that would decide which team advanced to the league championship. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Blast forward Andrew Hoxie has a good handle on mustache, winning," 21 Nov. 2019 Glickman said there was a problem with the heating and air-conditioning system that led to smoke entering the theater. Mark Kellam, Glendale News-Press, "Audience evacuated for short time at Alex Theatre," 13 Oct. 2019 Some were smoking nicotine, others THC or cannabinoids. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Vaping May Have Killed Someone, Health Officials Say," 23 Aug. 2019 Those two fellows are hanging out right now, smoking cigars and talking football and life. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Will the Raiders crap out in Las Vegas?," 21 Dec. 2019 And a longitudinal study of people with COPD found that smoking e-cigarettes was linked to exacerbations of the disease and a faster decline. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease," 20 Dec. 2019 Long Live the Red Queen Cheryl, officially over being gaslit, gasses her house full of Roach Bomb spray to smoke—or gas—her tormentor out of their hiding place. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Might Have Finally Revealed Who Appears to Have Killed Jughead," 12 Dec. 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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The first known use of smoke was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smoke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smoke?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=smoke001. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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smoke

noun
How to pronounce smoke (audio)

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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