smokestack

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noun

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

smokestack

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adjective

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

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Example Sentences

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
Each ton of carbon dioxide that exits a smokestack or tailpipe is doing far more damage than what governments take into account, researchers conclude in a scientific paper published Thursday. CBS News, 1 Sep. 2022 Manufacturing blossomed in Waukegan and Lake County more than a century ago when raw materials arrived by boat at the harbor, were made in the smokestack factories and were shipped out by rail with much of it at the city’s lakefront. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 Readers searching for his connection to blue-collar smokestack work or toughness may be disappointed. James Freeman, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 So the court wants the EPA to use more traditional forms of pollution control, like installing equipment to reduce emissions at the smokestack. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 5 July 2022 Last year, a 400-foot smokestack at the shuttered 1950s-era Encina Power Station in Carlsbad was torn down, over the objections of preservationists. Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2022 The smokestack helps with adjusting the temp, too – open it completely for more heat when using wood or charcoal, close it to cut off the oxygen flow and ultimately lower the temp. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2022 The search for a new maintenance yard has been underway since the city, NRG and SDG&E signed a deal eight years ago to demolish the coastal plant and its 400-foot-tall smokestack, but a few hurdles remain. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 Activists have previously said Hilco and city departments were ill-prepared to handle a smokestack demolition. Olivia Olander, chicagotribune.com, 20 Jan. 2022
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. Bloomberg.com, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smokestack was in 1838

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“Smokestack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smokestack. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

smokestack

noun

smoke·​stack ˈsmōk-ˌstak How to pronounce smokestack (audio)
: a large chimney or a pipe for carrying away smoke (as on a factory or ship)

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