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 Smog forms on warm, sunny days and is made worse by chemicals that exit vehicle tailpipes and power plant and industrial smokestacks. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Nearly half of Americans breathe 'unhealthy' air, new report says," 21 Apr. 2020 The issue was hotly debated again recently after the botched demolition of an old power plant smokestack left parts of the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood coated in dust and debris. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "Leaked Recordings Reveal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Firmly in Charge and City Alderman Left Largely on the Sidelines," 21 Apr. 2020 Additionality recognizes that projects that would have happened anyway aren't increasing carbon reduction, like the company that was ordered to reduce emissions from its smokestack. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "The tangled web of companies buying and selling ‘credit’ to reduce carbon emissions," 17 Apr. 2020 White steam trails from its smokestack like a banner flying in the wind, visible for miles across flat farm fields near Lake Ontario. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "New York’s Last Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing," 20 Mar. 2020 Coal-burning engines can emit small cinders from their smokestacks and start fires. USA TODAY, "Oil train conversion, sit-in anniversary, Healing Garden expansion: News from around our 50 states," 25 Feb. 2020 Its industrial smokestack stands incongruously behind red barns and lakeside gazebos. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "New York’s Last Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing," 20 Mar. 2020 Stronghold, Los Angeles, CA Industrial sculptures, art installations, and a smokestack with a chandelier hanging from it? Sunset Magazine, "Solar Power, Stained Glass and Slacklines: These Are the Coolest Climbing Gyms," 26 Feb. 2020 Like many of northern France’s former industrial powerhouses, all that remains today of that factory is a single, giant smokestack., "Even in Abbeville, on a recent morning, workers in fluorescent orange vests and hard hats were breaking ground on yet another rotary, as cars were backed up by the construction.," 26 Dec. 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

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: 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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