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


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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