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 An employee at a southeast Houston smoke shop was wounded late Friday during a robbery, authorities said. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Employee shot during robbery at SE Houston smoke shop," 15 Feb. 2020 But activists primarily targeted property, unfurling banners, propping open emergency doors, setting off a smoke bomb, and pouring fast-acting glue into turnstiles so the Metro Card readers could not function. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "MTA Protests in New York City Target Fare Hikes, Police Conduct," 14 Feb. 2020 Forget the smoke-spewing, spark-plug-fouling, expletive-inducing engines of the past. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2020 Ski-Doo Summit 850 Turbo Finds Higher Ground," 14 Feb. 2020 By Friday afternoon, dozens of people — including former residents — were on the grounds of the three-story orphanage, its upper stories darkened by smoke. New York Times, "Fire Kills 17 at Unaccredited Orphanage in Haiti," 14 Feb. 2020 The militia fired in the air, prompting U.S. troops to fire smoke bombs. Fox News, "US troops return fire after attack at 'pro-Syrian regime' checkpoint; Syria says civilian killed," 13 Feb. 2020 The militia fired in the air, prompting the American troops to fire smoke bombs. Andrew Wilks, BostonGlobe.com, "US troops clash with progovernment group in northeast Syria," 12 Feb. 2020 Right before the truck stopped, the driver's foot landed on the gas pedal, causing smoke to pour from the tires, the school said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Oklahoma State University employee saves man trapped in a burning truck," 12 Feb. 2020 That airless environment of secrecy and subterfuge is thick with smoke that emanates first from a censer hanging center stage before the play begins and then clogs the sepulchral shafts of John Torres' expressive lighting throughout. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the bill wouldn’t allow any form of smoked or vaped marijuana - or even edibles. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Should Alabama legalize medical marijuana? What do you think?," 16 Feb. 2020 Today, consumers smoke less and are cutting out soda. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Wawa goes after the dinner crowd with burgers and chicken sandwiches," 14 Feb. 2020 That's because in the latter half of the 20th century, there were decreases in infectious diseases and cardiovascular deaths, increases in vaccinations and the promotion of exercise and anti-smoking campaigns. NBC News, "By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65, census reports say," 14 Feb. 2020 Practically speaking, that meant blending together notes of black pepper, guaiac wood, raspberry, and smoked papyrus — a blend that makes for a bright, yet smokey, incense-like scent. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Kacey Musgraves Tells Us The Real Story Behind Her “Slow Burn” Candle," 12 Feb. 2020 Gray death users inject, swallow, smoke or snort it. Christopher Brito, CBS News, ""Gray death" drug is so dangerous, police say you shouldn't even touch it," 6 Feb. 2020 Still, scientists aren’t sure how much smoke a grape can tolerate before a wine tastes bad, and grape variety could play a role. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Wildfires Spared Many Australian Winemakers, but the Smoke Might Not," 4 Feb. 2020 Thanks to video and photo evidence from multiple media members, Burrow exited LSU’s locker room smoking a cigar inside the Superdome on his way to the team’s press conference. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Joe Burrow celebrated LSU's national championship by smoking a cigar in the Superdome," 14 Jan. 2020 After the game, Burrow sat in the locker room, still wearing his pads, smoking a cigar. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "L.S.U.’s Spectacular Football National Championship," 14 Jan. 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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The first known use of smoke was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smokelike. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for smoke

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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