smokestack

noun
smoke·stack | \ˈsmōk-ˌstak \

Definition of smokestack 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a pipe or funnel through which smoke and gases are discharged

smokestack

adjective

Definition of smokestack (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, being, or characterized by manufacturing and especially heavy industry smokestack industries

Examples of smokestack in a Sentence

Adjective

She invested in smokestack stocks. Car manufacturing and other smokestack industries need to adapt to the global economy.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Only a few building elements remain, including a power plant that's now known for a Home Depot advertisement on its smokestack. Pete Corson, ajc, "The second lives of Sears buildings," 2 June 2018 Initially, astronomers suspected the minuscule objects responsible for the glow were organic molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—essentially, the cosmic equivalent of soot, albeit produced by aging stars rather than smokestacks. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Glittering Diamond Dust in Space Might Solve a 20-Year-Old Mystery," 11 June 2018 Winker took a ball, then smoked a 92-mph toward the smokestacks in the right-center. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Jesse Winker's first grand slam lifts Cincinnati Reds over Chicago Cubs 6-2," 21 June 2018 Today, all that remains of the Ford factory is an expansive tract of bare land in the middle of the middle-class Highland Park neighborhood, where a lone smokestack juts up from the old steam plant. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 Along the back, where the new Lynx Blue Line Extension tracks swoop overhead, there will be more outdoor seating for the restaurants and the original smokestack that once powered the building. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Here's what's new on the restaurants planned for NoDa's massive new food hall," 15 June 2018 The company broke ground on the project earlier this month on about 500 acres of TVA land roughly a mile north of the Widow Creek smokestacks. William Thornton, AL.com, "What Alabama can expect from a Google Data Center," 23 Apr. 2018 That group in 2006 successfully sued in federal court to compel the EPA to regulate ballast water under the Clean Water just like any other pollutant that comes out of a pipe or a smokestack. Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conservation groups sound alarm on Senate vote to exempt Great Lakes ship ballasts from Clean Water Act," 17 Apr. 2018 But on its way out, the smokestack exacted its revenge. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Unlucky Excavator Smacks Itself With a Smokestack," 25 Nov. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Meanwhile, a young company in Switzerland called Climeworks was opening its first plant to capture CO2—not from relatively concentrated smokestack effluent, but from ambient air. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "First facility grabs CO₂ from the air and stores it underground," 13 Oct. 2017 Government and household consumption drove more than two thirds economic growth in the first quarter, highlighting the shift toward depending on services and away from smokestack sectors. Bloomberg.com, "China’s Smaller Cities Seen Fueling a $9.7 Trillion Consumer Market," 14 June 2017 When companies have to pay for pollution, there’s less need for micromanaging laws requiring such items as smokestack scrubbers. Froma Harrop, The Denver Post, "A carbon tax is a truly good idea," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of smokestack

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

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smokestack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smokestack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tall chimney on a factory, ship, etc., for carrying smoke away

smokestack

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of smokestack (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to companies that manufacture products in large factories

smokestack

noun
smoke·stack | \ˈsmōk-ˌstak \

Kids Definition of smokestack

: a large chimney or a pipe for carrying away smoke (as on a factory or ship)

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