Smoke

Definition of Smoke

Pronunciation: smōk
n.1.The visible exhalation, vapor, or substance that escapes, or expelled, from a burning body, especially from burning vegetable matter, as wood, coal, peat, or the like.
2.That which resembles smoke; a vapor; a mist.
3.Anything unsubstantial, as idle talk.
4.The act of smoking, esp. of smoking tobacco; as, to have a smoke.
Smoke arch
the smoke box of a locomotive.
Smoke ball
(Mil.) a ball or case containing a composition which, when it burns, sends forth thick smoke.
Smoke black
lampblack.
Smoke board
a board suspended before a fireplace to prevent the smoke from coming out into the room.
Smoke box
a chamber in a boiler, where the smoke, etc., from the furnace is collected before going out at the chimney.
Smoke sail
(Naut.) a small sail in the lee of the galley stovepipe, to prevent the smoke from annoying people on deck.
Smoke tree
(Bot.) a shrub (Rhus Cotinus) in which the flowers are mostly abortive and the panicles transformed into tangles of plumose pedicels looking like wreaths of smoke.
To end in smoke
to burned; hence, to be destroyed or ruined; figuratively, to come to nothing.
v. i.1.To emit smoke; to throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; to reek.
[imp. & p. p. Smoked ; p. pr. & vb n. Smoking.]
Hard by a cottage chimney smokes.
- Milton.
2.Hence, to burn; to be kindled; to rage.
The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke agains. that man.
- Deut. xxix. 20.
3.To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field.
- Dryden.
4.To draw into the mouth the smoke of tobacco burning in a pipe or in the form of a cigar, cigarette, etc.; to habitually use tobacco in this manner.
5.To suffer severely; to be punished.
Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To apply smoke to; to hang in smoke; to disinfect, to cure, etc., by smoke; as, to smoke or fumigate infected clothing; to smoke beef or hams for preservation.
2.To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
3.To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
I alone
Smoked his true person, talked with him.
- Chapman.
He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.
- Shak.
Upon that . . . I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.
- Addison.
4.To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
5.To inhale and puff out the smoke of, as tobacco; to burn or use in smoking; as, to smoke a pipe or a cigar.
6.To subject to the operation of smoke, for the purpose of annoying or driving out; - often with out; as, to smoke a woodchuck out of his burrow.

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