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
In particular, the combination bell-cote/chimney is quite fine.
We called a chimney professional to inspect the stove.
If the average chimney is 20 feet long and there are, say, 100 million houses with children, how fast, I wondered aloud, would he have to whizz down each chimney in order to finish the job by dawn on Christmas Day?
My kitchen still needs an extreme makeover, but I manage to cook some gourmet meals with the one skillet and saucepan I have, (refusing to buy anything new til the stove is replaced and other things refurbished), and the bare chimney from a previous stove hanging meaninglessly from the ceiling, along with the old watermarks from leaks, and the peeling ceiling tiles.
Pouring from the top of this volcano, like smoke out of a factory chimney, is a rapidly spreading pall of what looks like steam.
A crackling wood fire was roaring up the chimney from the large stove in the kitchen.
But a carpet we have - though not yet spread, as the chimney is unfinished, and room incomplete.
"Chimbley's on fire!" somebody else shouted, having just caught the word chimney, and everybody began to run back to the house.
The kitchen chimney is smoking, the cooks are cooking, the taps are running "from morn till dewy eve."
If your chimney is foul, sweep it; but don't expect that you can ever air a room with only one aperture; don't suppose that to shut up a room is the way to keep it clean.
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