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smoke·​stack ˈsmōk-ˌstak How to pronounce smokestack (audio)
: a pipe or funnel through which smoke and gases are discharged


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: 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
Paul also said that DTE Energy is also getting the site of the Trenton Channel power plant smokestacks — which were demolished earlier this month — ready for a new project around energy storage. Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 The last sputtering cough from Merrimack’s smokestacks will be the final breath of coal in New England. Troy Aidan Sambajon, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2024 The 110,000-square-foot new multifamily building, situated on the southern edge of Factory 52 across from the historic and iconic smokestack, will feature an array of materials that pay homage to the site's history. The Enquirer, 7 Mar. 2024 This year, city officials said, hotel room renovations, elevator upgrades, repair of the ship’s third smokestack and an expansion of the Sun Deck, which is used for special events such as weddings, are planned. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 The Trenton Channel power plant smokestacks are set to be blown up Friday, the new date announced on social media by the Grosse Ile Police Department. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2024 The other is a trio of 450-foot-tall smokestacks that were part of a power plant, which was built in the 1950s to service Pacific Gas and Electric’s power grid. Jerry Rice, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Matthew Daly, The Denver Post, 7 Feb. 2024 The plumes from large volcanic explosions typically contain a lot of sulfur — the same culprit that spews from ship smokestacks. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 29 Jan. 2024
Service companies dominate the list of Arizona's largest employers,with relatively few smokestack industries here, which helps explain why Arizona just received another so-so grade as a manufacturing center. Russ Wiles, azcentral, 2 Aug. 2019 The industry trend toward higher production and profits with lower employment started to run into serious trouble in the 1990s with the imposition of new environmental regulations against smokestack pollution that made coal more expensive to burn. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 21 Aug. 2018 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, 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., 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, 15 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1838, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smokestack was in 1838

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“Smokestack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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