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 In downtown Beirut, just a few blocks away from Carlos Ghosn’s multi-million dollar mansion, smoke billows out of flimsy tents set up by protestors occupying the center of the Lebanese capital. Habib Battah, Fortune, "Prodigal Son or Unwelcome Fugitive? Carlos Ghosn’s Flashy Return to Lebanon Clashes with a Country in Crisis," 9 Jan. 2020 The orange light is created by a combination of sunlight and smoke from the Australian bushfires below. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Fighting Australia's Bushfires Looks Like Flying Through Hell," 7 Jan. 2020 American guards fired tear gas, and palls of smoke rose over the embassy grounds. Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Denver Post, "Militiamen breach U.S. Embassy in Baghdad," 31 Dec. 2019 Inside, the room was coated with smoke from a broken coal-and-wood stove. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "37 years after Mother Teresa came to Appalachia, her nuns return to help the poor," 24 Dec. 2019 Somewhere in between, Lopez and three other firefighters with the Peoria Fire Department had responded to a call about smoke rising from the APS McMicken Energy Storage facility near Grand Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Surprise. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Christmas surprise: Community delivers gifts to Peoria firefighter hurt in APS battery explosion and family," 21 Dec. 2019 Plumes of white smoke rose over a row of tenements as firefighters on adjoining rooftops tried to prevent the blaze from spreading. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "One rescued after possible gas explosion levels 3 Philadelphia row houses; search for others to start," 19 Dec. 2019 Done as two board members were on their way out and two board members — Barnhill and Kumar — were waiting to take their seats in January, the five-year extension drew the first waves of smoke from the bonfire now raging. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State teeters on edge of gridlock while board members continue to fight," 12 Dec. 2019 The smoke from the flames had already swept across several Brazilian states, including São Paulo. Vanessa Barbara, Vogue, "Vegetarianism, Resistance, and the Amazon—How One Brazilian Journalist Is Fighting Climate Change," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This combined coverage has left many men and women who smoke confused about smoke-free alternatives. André Calantzopoulos, Fortune, "Philip Morris Intl. CEO: Vaping needs sensible regulation—and tobacco companies should be part of the conversation," 16 Jan. 2020 The girl, 17, was sitting with a group of friends who were smoking marijuana in the 12500 block of South Green Drive around 5:45 p.m. when the friends started playing with a gun, according to the Houston Police Department. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Teen shot while friends play with gun in southeast Houston apartment," 10 Jan. 2020 That’s why the American Cancer Society recommends that anyone between 55 and 74 who still smokes, or quit smoking within the last 15 years, receive an annual CT scan checking for lung cancer. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Cancer deaths in the US are falling faster than ever," 10 Jan. 2020 The percentage of adults in the United States who smoke has been dropping for decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laurie Mcginley, BostonGlobe.com, "Cancer death rate posts biggest one-year drop ever," 8 Jan. 2020 Those recommendations are for adults, ages 55 to 80, who either currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "US cancer death rate sees largest-ever single-year drop, report says," 8 Jan. 2020 The genetics and sophistication underlying the U.S. cannabis industry lead to better-quality and higher-potency flowers for those who smoke marijuana and innovations in oils, tinctures and edibles. Author: Markian Hawryluk, Anchorage Daily News, "America’s marijuana growers are the best in the world, but federal laws are keeping them out of global markets," 28 Dec. 2019 Sure enough, employees who also smoked hung out with their managers more than the nonsmokers, and wound up having higher promotion rates, too. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "A third of the gender pay gap can be explained by schmoozing between men and their male bosses," 19 Dec. 2019 Last month, his group published a paper in Cancer Prevention Research that compared 15 healthy volunteers who used e-cigarettes without nicotine for 4 weeks with 15 people who never smoked or vaped. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "How safe is vaping? New human studies assess chronic harm to heart and lungs," 26 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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The first known use of smoke was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smoke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smokeless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=smoke002. Accessed 24 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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