smoke·​stack | \ ˈsmōk-ˌstak How to pronounce smokestack (audio) \

Definition of smokestack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Large power plants and industrial facilities that emit CO2 also line the Gulf Coast, so one option would be to capture the gas directly from nearby smokestacks, keeping it out of the atmosphere to begin with. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity," 17 July 2019 But when Angelenos flip a light switch or charge an electric vehicle, some of the energy may come from Intermountain, where coal is burned in a raging furnace at the foot of the 710-foot smokestack. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles is finally ditching coal — and replacing it with another polluting fuel," 16 July 2019 The boiler house and smokestacks were all that remained of the coal plant, located in the southwest corner of Jefferson County on Cane Run Road. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Boiler house and smokestacks at Louisville's Cane Run Generating Station demolished," 8 June 2019 But don’t envision edge biomanufacturing as giant factories and smokestacks. Andrew Hessel, Ars Technica, "Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future," 20 June 2019 The companies also must dramatically reduce legally allowable pollution emitted through smokestacks. Michael Hawthorne,, "Pritzker signs law aimed at reducing cancer-causing ethylene oxide pollution," 21 June 2019 Storms and heavy rain didn't delay the demolition of the historic Hudepolh smokestack. Sheila Vilvens,, "No rain delay for demolition of Hudepohl smokestack," 16 June 2019 Michael Clevenger/The Courier Journal, Louisville Courier Journal Several explosions cracked through the air before the boiler house of the Cane Run Generating Station sunk to the ground and its smokestacks toppled in clouds of dust. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Boiler house and smokestacks at Louisville's Cane Run Generating Station demolished," 8 June 2019 One is a way of skimming heat-trapping carbon dioxide from smokestacks called carbon capture. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Biden jumps on the Green New Deal train with climate plan," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Arizona gets a 'C' grade as a manufacturing center, report finds," 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, "What happened to coal," 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, "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., "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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1838, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smokestack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


smoke·​stack | \ ˈsmōk-ˌstak How to pronounce smokestack (audio) \

Kids Definition of smokestack

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

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