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

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 The hotel maintains the building’s original character, with the smokestack and red brick structure while the inside is cozy and comfortable. Juyoung Seo, Forbes, 6 July 2021 First, the whistle that used to signal the start of three daily shifts at the Karastan rug factory, a brick mill whose smokestack has towered over downtown for generations, isn’t blowing. New York Times, 6 June 2021 Workers broke up the smokestack a few feet at a time starting at the top. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2021 The project will be anchored by the historic 300-foot brick smokestack, which will be the centerpiece of a new open space called Stack Park. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Pasha, which operates one of the largest port terminals in the country for importing cars and trucks, has planned to adopt a bonnet system that would capture emissions at the smokestack. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 In a separate photo, a plume of black smoke rises from a thin smokestack into the sky. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 The high point of 146 feet will be more than 20 feet higher than the smokestack at the Clean Earth processing plant, Town Planner Garrett Daigle said. Don Stacom,, 9 Apr. 2021 When David asks about the smoke rising from a smokestack at the plant, his father tells him that that’s where the male chicks are burned. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 26 Feb. 2021 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, 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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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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