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 For hours, the fire burned, unattended, and a dense blanket of smoke settled on the horizon. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 Houses that held families were intact one moment and puffs of smoke the next. Freep.com, "In 'Finding Chika,' Albom reveals his family's devastating love story," 3 Nov. 2019 Other burgers: The key to any good bacon cheeseburger is the quality of the bacon, which should come sliced thick and flavored with plenty of smoke. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Texas Hamburger Co.," 1 Nov. 2019 Fulton says that for many evacuees who have been through this experience before, even the smell of smoke — whose acrid, eye-stinging essence now pervades all of Santa Rosa — can trigger depression. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "'When I smelled that smoke ... here we go again': Weary Californians seek shelter amid latest wildfire outbreak," 30 Oct. 2019 The Jets created a lot of smoke about trading running back Le’Veon Bell and safety Jamal Adams, but those deals went nowhere. BostonGlobe.com, "sent defensive lineman Michael Bennett," 30 Oct. 2019 Jets of fire and clouds of smoke shot out as the roar reached the audience. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama test firing shows Orion capsule escape motor works," 16 Oct. 2019 The crash happened at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Crown Street as firefighters were responding to a call of smoke in a building on Eastern Parkway, Parrella said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "FDNY trucks crash in Brooklyn, injuring firefighters and 1 other," 16 Oct. 2019 Television footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the area but no walls of towering flame, as a water-dropping helicopter moved in to dump another cascade on the blaze. Fox News, "Three deaths linked to California wildfires as dropping winds help firefighters," 13 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Inhaling this is as unhealthy as smoking 50 cigarettes a day. The Economist, "India’s toxic smog is a common affliction in middle-income countries," 9 Nov. 2019 Narcotics Two Friendswood men, 22 and 23, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found them smoking marijuana on the back porch of a vacant home Oct. 21 in the 16800 block of David Glen Drive, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police investigate 3 attempted thefts at ATMs," 8 Nov. 2019 It has also been shown that smoking marijuana is a gateway drug for more powerful mind-altering drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, Ecstasy, opioids and other prescription drugs. Chuck Lehmann, sun-sentinel.com, "Legalizing marijuana? Be careful what you wish for | Opinion," 8 Nov. 2019 That night, my mother woke up and smelled pipe smoke, and my father smoked a pipe. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jenny Slate has learned a lot of things, but the art of survival, of self care, has reshaped what she does," 7 Nov. 2019 CHICAGO — Public housing residents in Chicago are being told they can’t smoke marijuana at home, even as pot turns legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. BostonGlobe.com, "Despite new law, no pot in Chicago public housing - The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 The Indian capital’s pollution has reached a level equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Washington Post, "The satellite images that help explain why Delhi’s air remains toxic and Beijing’s is getting better," 6 Nov. 2019 The eggs-benedict Florentine (two poached eggs, English muffin, applewood smoked ham, spinach, homemade hollandaise sauce, sprinkle of cayenne pepper) was not overly salty. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Buckeye Beer Engine: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 2 Nov. 2019 Painkillers, pills and marijuana pipes, smoking pipes. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Solving the mystery behind the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer," 2 Nov. 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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11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for smoke

The first known use of smoke was before the 12th century

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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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