Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A passage through which smoke and gases escape from a fire or furnace; a flue.
  • n. The usually vertical structure containing a chimney.
  • n. The part of such a structure that rises above a roof.
  • n. Chiefly British A smokestack, as of a ship or locomotive.
  • n. A glass tube for enclosing the flame of a lamp.
  • n. Something, such as a narrow cleft in a cliff, resembling a chimney.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vertical tube or hollow column used to emit environmentally polluting gaseous and solid matter (including but not limited to by-products of burning carbon or hydro-carbon based fuels); a flue.
  • n. The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.
  • n. The smokestack of a steam locomotive.
  • n. A narrow cleft in a rock face; a narrow vertical cave passage.
  • v. To negotiate a chimney (sense #4) by pushing against the sides with back, feet, hands, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fireplace or hearth.
  • n. That part of a building which contains the smoke flues; esp. an upright tube or flue of brick or stone, in most cases extending through or above the roof of the building. Often used instead of chimney shaft.
  • n. A tube usually of glass, placed around a flame, as of a lamp, to create a draft, and promote combustion.
  • n. A body of ore, usually of elongated form, extending downward in a vein.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fireplace or hearth.
  • n. A furnace; a forge.
  • n. A vertical structure containing a passage or main flue by which the smoke of a fire or furnace escapes to the open air, or other vapors are carried off; in a steam-engine, the funnel.
  • n. Anything resembling a chimney.
  • n. A vent through which volcanic eruption has taken place.
  • n. A very narrow cleft in a cliff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building
  • n. a glass flue surrounding the wick of an oil lamp

Etymologies

Middle English chimenei, from Old French cheminee, from Late Latin camīnāta, fireplace, from Latin camīnus, furnace, from Greek kamīnos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cheminee, from Latin caminus, from Ancient Greek κάμινος ("furnace"). (Wiktionary)

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