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smoke

noun \ ˈsmōk \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of smoke

1 a :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
2 a :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
6 a (1) :something (such as a cigarette) to smoke
(2) :marijuana 2
b :an act of smoking tobacco; especially :a smoking break
7 a :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

smokeless

play \ˈsmō-kləs\ adjective

smokelike

play \ˈsmōk-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of smoke in a Sentence

  1. Smoke from the campfire stung my eyes.

  2. We could see black smoke from the house fire.

  3. Can I bum a few smokes off you?

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Origin and Etymology of smoke

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

verb

Definition of smoke

smoked; smoking
intransitive verb
1 a :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
1 a :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 1a
6 slang :to defeat or surpass decisively
7 :to hit (something, such as a baseball) with great force

Examples of smoke in a Sentence

  1. I caught her smoking a cigarette.

  2. He was thrown out of school for smoking marijuana.

  3. She smokes and drinks, but I don't.

  4. Do you mind if I smoke in here?

  5. That old car smokes when you start it up.

  6. the smoking remains of a fire

  7. We smoke our hams over hickory.

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First Known Use of smoke

before 12th century


SMOKE Defined for English Language Learners

smoke

noun

Definition of smoke for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of smoke for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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smoke

noun \ ˈsmōk \

Definition of smoke for Students

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

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smoke

verb

Definition of smoke for Students

smoked; smoking
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

smoker

noun

Medical Dictionary

smoke

verb \ ˈsmōk \

medical Definition of smoke

smoked; smoking
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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