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 smoke (audio) \ adjective
smokelike \ ˈsmōk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce smoke (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 Entrees include 75-day aged New York strip, but also ricotta gnocchi infused with the smoke of a live fire. Washington Post, "2021 Spring Dining Guide," 28 Apr. 2021 Sidell’s filming strategy relies on filling the theater with smoke, and the resulting candlecore blurriness captures the drowsiness of our languishing year. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Romeo and Juliet, Horny on Main," 21 Apr. 2021 The video then shows the car, engulfed in flames, skid to a stop as the tunnel fills with smoke. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Two dead following fiery crash in Lowry Hill Tunnel," 19 Apr. 2021 At the time, a 3,000-acre fire was burning in the park, the air was choked with smoke, and the cattle stock ponds the elk often drink from were completely dried up. Susanne Rust Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Scores of tule elk died at Point Reyes seashore in 2020. Are their days numbered?," 14 Apr. 2021 Smokin’ in the Boys Room: Japanese Suntory Toki Whisky, Lillet Blanc and Domine De Canton ginger liqueur infused with rosemary smoke. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Fast-casual Asian restaurant Wok 'N Roll is now open in Phoenix. Here's what to expect," 13 Apr. 2021 Wildfires were threatening Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula and covering much the state with smoke. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "As climate change increases Alaska’s wildfire risk, power companies say California-style blackouts could arrive in Alaska," 28 Mar. 2021 The old Garden — where fans seated near the cables could tug and move the backboard and the rafters filled with cigarette smoke — was replaced by the current building on the site of the old Penn Station in 1968. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn men’s top 10 most memorable Big East (and other) moments at Madison Square Garden," 10 Mar. 2021 Moving toward the rear of the building, officers heard people screaming for help in a hallway that was rapidly filling with smoke, police said. Ivy Scott, BostonGlobe.com, "Worcester police pull woman from burning building," 27 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oil and methane deposits near Lokbatan tend to self-ignite during eruptions, so flames and smoke often accompany the skyrocketing mud. Katherine Kornei, Scientific American, "Giant Mud Volcano Reveals Its Powerful Explosive Secrets," 23 Apr. 2021 Four of the units sustained mainly fire and water damage, while the remaining units have water and smoke damage. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want to help Hartland families displaced by a fire? A GoFundMe account has been set up," 6 Apr. 2021 Aerial footage posted to the WCVB-TV website showed flames and smoke billowing from the roof of the sprawling home. BostonGlobe.com, "Fire breaks out at mansion in Mattapoisett," 6 Apr. 2021 Some activists picked up trash or sat around a firepit, smoke wafting into the spring air. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'No justice, no streets': Still grieving, Minneapolis residents wonder how city will move forward after Derek Chauvin trial," 4 Apr. 2021 An estimated $250,000 worth of damages occurred, Lee said, with water and smoke damage in the majority of the house. ExpressNews.com, "Fire to Northeast Side home; no injuries," 12 Dec. 2020 But there’s just no way that scientists can faithfully replicate a wildfire in the lab and study smoke that way. Matt Simon, Wired, "What Happens When You Fly a Science Plane Through Wildfire Smoke," 3 Nov. 2020 If some Napa vintners had been holding out hope that their fruit might have emerged from the August fire events smoke-free, September’s fire seemed to dash it all. Esther Mobley, National Geographic, "Wildfires have ravaged Napa Valley. Will California’s wine industry survive?," 9 Oct. 2020 If some Napa vintners had been holding out hope that their fruit might have emerged from the August fire events smoke-free, September’s fire seemed to dash it all. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Catastrophic Glass Fire marks new, dangerous era for Napa wine industry," 9 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smoke. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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