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 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 Brazil, there’s been a more than 80 percent spike in the number of fires from 2018, a development that garnered international headlines when the city of Sao Paulo got cloaked in sooty smoke last week. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The Amazon fires put spotlight on two rival leaders," 27 Aug. 2019 The smoke from the burning biomass is laced with massive amounts of soot, aerosols, and carbon dioxide that can interfere with weather patterns across the region and contribute to global warming. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "There's no doubt that Brazil's fires are caused by deforestation, scientists say," 26 Aug. 2019 Now that China is no longer taking the West’s recycling, even plastic tossed in the recycling bin will end up in the dump or up in smoke. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Single-use plastic is a problem but a bag ban is not the answer, not yet," 22 Aug. 2019 On some days in June and July the smoke in Fairbanks was so thick that my neighbor, who has asthma, had to wear a respirator mask. Nancy Fresco, The Conversation, "Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning," 14 Aug. 2019 While the aerosol vapor that users inhale doesn’t contain the tar or carbon monoxide found in cigarette smoke, many e-liquids contain a chemical called diacetyl, which, when heated, can damage the lungs. Kate Mooney, Vox, "Crowded shelves and melting skulls: why so many vape stores look the same," 26 July 2019 Like Whiskeytown, John’s old plan, the family business, had gone up in smoke. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Up in smoke: The budget also raises Ohio’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21, Tobias reports. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "DeWine vetoes health care price ‘transparency’ items in budget: Capitol Letter," 19 July 2019 Anchorage, and much of Alaska, is shattering temperature records amid a heat wave accompanied by wildfires that have blanketed the city in smoke. Richard Read, latimes.com, "Baked Alaska: It’s beach time as a heat wave hits cities across the state," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In any case, Downey is right that there are no gondola, marijuana-smoking licenses available, even in California where cannabis is legal. Marijuana Moment, BostonGlobe.com, "Disneyland busted Robert Downey Jr. for smoking marijuana, he reveals while accepting Disney award," 30 Aug. 2019 In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among teenagers had increased by 900%, with 40% of those never having smoked previously. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "First Death Linked To Vaping Reported Amid Escalating Illness," 24 Aug. 2019 One of the longest-standing cases is against Jawad Siyam, a chain-smoking Palestinian activist with a long, sharp nose and manicured brows, whose house sits almost directly across from the entrance to the City of David. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 And, to date, the most effective anti-smoking efforts appear to stem from vice taxes and indoor smoking bans. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Can Disturbing Graphics Scare People Off of Cigarettes?—Brainstorm Health," 15 Aug. 2019 Open container, Broadview Road: On July 21, police were dispatched to the Broadview Road skate park about juveniles smoking marijuana. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Resident reports apartment jewelry heist: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2019 Gould said Juul only gave funding to six schools or youth programs and discontinued the program in 2018 after learning that tobacco companies had funded similar anti-smoking programs decades ago. Time, "Juul Exec Says E-Cigarettes Never Intended for Teens," 26 July 2019 Older residents sit outside bars drinking Hoegaarden and chain-smoking while enjoying the neon spectacle. Brittany Gaston, Billboard, "15 Years In, Tomorrowland Is a Spectacle of Both Massive Size and Thoughtful Detail," 23 July 2019 Anti-smoking group Truth Initiative found there were 262 instances of cigarette smoking in season 2 alone, which is a 44 percent increase from the first season, according to Variety. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Netflix to Reduce Depictions of Smoking After Stranger Things Complaint," 5 July 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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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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