smoke

noun
\ˈsmōk \

Definition of smoke 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon

b : a suspension of particles in a gas

2a : a mass or column of smoke

b : smudge

3 : fume or vapor often resulting from the action of heat on moisture

4 : something of little substance, permanence, or value

5 : something that obscures

6a(1) : something (such as a cigarette) to smoke

(2) : marijuana sense 2

b : an act of smoking tobacco especially : a smoking break

7a : a pale blue

b : any of the colors of smoke

8 : pitches that are fastballs if a guy's going to hit you … he certainly isn't going to throw a spitter—he gives you smoke— Tony Conigliaro

smoke

verb
smoked; smoking

Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to emit or exhale smoke

b : to emit excessive smoke

2 archaic : to undergo punishment : suffer

3 : to spread or rise like smoke

4 : to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco especially : to smoke tobacco habitually

transitive verb

1a : fumigate

b : to drive (something, such as mosquitoes) away by smoke

c : to blacken or discolor with smoke smoked glasses

d : to cure by exposure to smoke smoked ham

e : to stupefy (insects, such as bees) by smoke

2 archaic : suspect

3 : to inhale and exhale the smoke of smoke a cigarette

4 archaic : ridicule

5 slang : kill sense 1a

6 slang : to defeat or surpass decisively

7 : to hit (something, such as a baseball) with great force

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Other Words from smoke

Noun

smokeless \ ˈsmō-​kləs \ adjective
smokelike \ ˈsmōk-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of smoke in a Sentence

Noun

Smoke from the campfire stung my eyes. We could see black smoke from the house fire. Can I bum a few smokes off you?

Verb

I caught her smoking a cigarette. He was thrown out of school for smoking marijuana. She smokes and drinks, but I don't. Do you mind if I smoke in here? That old car smokes when you start it up. the smoking remains of a fire We smoke our hams over hickory.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fox 6 is reporting that a police officer suffered smoke inhalation and another person inside the home suffered a burn on an arm. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Child, police officer among three injured in Milwaukee house fire Wednesday," 4 July 2018 Khristopher and Kailani Gober suffered from smoke inhalation and burns, Jones said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Bail reduction bid denied for Gary mom accused of leaving 2 children to die in fire," 2 July 2018 An apartment fire in Kingwood early Friday morning sent one woman to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Woman hospitalized after Kingwood apartment fire," 29 June 2018 In April, Areen Chakrabarti suffered smoke inhalation in a fire at his Bridesburg home, leading to what doctors at CHOP diagnosed as brain death. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Declared brain dead almost 5 years ago, Calif. teen's life finally ends in N.J.," 29 June 2018 An autopsy was done, and the medical examiner said the cause of death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Woman whose body was found in burning car died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries," 26 June 2018 Buy Photo On a frigid January evening in 2016, just two weeks into Mayor Kenney’s tenure, a historic, 19th century apartment house off Rittenhouse Square erupted in a gusher of flame and smoke. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 Police and firefighters arrived to investigate and were evacuating the area when the line exploded shortly after 7 p.m. The blast ignited four-story-high flames that burned long into the night and belched a smoke plume visible for miles. Todd Richmond, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 One person had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Papagni said. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando firefighters rescue cute dog from house fire," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Multiple studies over the years have shown that women who have a vitamin regimen tend to take better care of themselves overall — eating better, smoking less, even working out more. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 Greasing your scalp on the porch, pressing your bangs before church, gossiping in the salon while hot combs smoked the air—this was rich cultural stuff, a bonding experience. Tia Williams, Glamour, "Dear Black Moms, It's on Us to Dismantle What 'Good Hair' Means for Our Daughters," 24 Sep. 2018 Nash worked with the Walt Disney Co. on its 2015 pledge to no longer depict smoking in its movies. Courtney Becker, Philly.com, "When Sister Nora talks, her voice is soft, but executives listen," 6 July 2018 In the French Open final, against Caty McNally, Coco got smoked in the first set 6-1. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Delray's Coco Gauff, 14, stays grounded with family after winning French Open girls' title," 21 June 2018 Whether stolen or honestly raised, a pig was immediately salted and smoked in order to flavor dishes throughout the coming months. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "‘The Best Cook in the World,’ by Rick Bragg," 15 June 2018 The latest displays came after getting smoked in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees; facing a three-game sweep in Boston; and beating the Indians in an extra-innings game on Saturday. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Victor Martinez isn't hitting cleanup anymore," 11 June 2018 While more than 40 percent of Americans smoked in 1965, only about 18 percent did in 2012. Scientific American, "E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping," 18 May 2018 Meats and cheeses Deli meat is also roasted and smoked in-store. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Lucky's Market opens second store in Ohio at Cleveland's Shoppes on Clifton (photos)," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of smoke

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for smoke

Noun

Middle English, from Old English smoca; akin to Old English smēocan to emit smoke, Middle High German smouch smoke, and probably to Greek smychein to smolder

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smoke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cloud of black, gray, or white gases and dust that is produced by burning something

: a cigarette, cigar, etc. : something that people smoke

: the act of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.

smoke

verb

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

: to suck the smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc., into your mouth and lungs and then exhale it

: to produce smoke

: to use smoke to flavor and preserve (food, such as meat, cheese, or fish)

smoke

noun
\ˈsmōk \

Kids Definition of smoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the gas given off by burning materials (as coal, wood, or tobacco) made visible by particles of carbon floating in it

2 : the act of drawing in and blowing out the fumes of burning tobacco

smoke

verb
smoked; smoking

Kids Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give out smoke The fire was still smoking.

2 : to draw in and blow out the fumes of burning tobacco (as in a cigarette)

3 : to expose (as meat) to the fumes of burning materials to give flavor and keep from spoiling

Other Words from smoke

smoker noun

smoke

verb
\ˈsmōk \
smoked; smoking

Medical Definition of smoke 

intransitive verb

: to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco especially : to smoke tobacco habitually

transitive verb

: to inhale and exhale the smoke of smoked 30 cigarettes a day

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