American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The vaporous system made up of small particles of carbonaceous matter in the air, resulting mainly from the burning of organic material, such as wood or coal.
- n. A suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in a gaseous medium.
- n. A cloud of fine particles.
- n. Something insubstantial, unreal, or transitory.
- n. The act of smoking a form of tobacco: went out for a smoke.
- n. The duration of this act.
- n. Informal Tobacco in a form that can be smoked, especially a cigarette: money to buy smokes.
- n. A substance used in warfare to produce a smoke screen.
- n. Something used to conceal or obscure.
- n. A pale to grayish blue to bluish or dark gray.
- v. To draw in and exhale smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe: It's forbidden to smoke here.
- v. To engage in smoking regularly or habitually: He smoked for years before stopping.
- v. To emit smoke or a smokelike substance: chimneys smoking in the cold air.
- v. To emit smoke excessively: The station wagon smoked even after the tune-up.
- v. Slang To go or proceed at high speed.
- v. Slang To play or perform energetically: The band was really smoking in the second set.
- v. To draw in and exhale the smoke of (tobacco, for example): I've never smoked a panatela.
- v. To do so regularly or habitually: I used to smoke filtered cigarettes.
- v. To preserve (meat or fish) by exposure to the aromatic smoke of burning hardwood, usually after pickling in salt or brine.
- v. To fumigate (a house, for example).
- v. To expose (animals, especially insects) to smoke in order to immobilize or drive away.
- v. To expose (glass) to smoke in order to darken or change its color.
- v. Slang To kill; murder.
- smoke out To force out of a place of hiding or concealment by or as if by the use of smoke.
- smoke out To detect and bring to public view; expose or reveal: smoke out a scandal.
- idiom. smoke and mirrors Something that deceives or distorts the truth: Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To emit smoke; throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; reek; fume; especially, to send off visible vapor as the product of combustion.
- To burn; be kindled; rage; fume.
- To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
- To smell or hunt something out; suspect something; perceive a hidden fact or meaning.
- To permit the passage of smoke outward instead of drawing it upward; send out smoke for want of sufficient draft: said of chimneys, stoves, etc.
- To draw fumes of burning tobacco, opium, or the like, into, and emit them from, the mouth; use tobacco or opium in this manner.
- To suffer as from overwork or hard treatment; be punished.
- To emit dust, as when beaten.
- To apply smoke to; blacken with smoke; hang in smoke; medicate or dry by smoke; fumigate: as, to smoke infected clothing; to subject to the action of smoke, as meat; cure by means of smoke; smoke-dry; also, to incense. Smoking meat consists in exposing meat previously salted, or rubbed over with salt, to wood-smoke in an apartment so distant from the fire as not to be unduly heated by it, the smoke being admitted by flues at the bottom of the side walls. Here the meat absorbs the empyreumatic acid of the smoke, and is dried at the same time. The kind of wood used affects the quality and taste of the meat, smoke from beech and oak being preferable to that from flr and larch. Smoke from the twigs and berries of juniper, or from rosemary, peppermint, etc., imparts somewhat of the aromatic flavor of these plants. A slow smoking with a slender fire is better than a quick and hot one, as it allows the empyreumatic principles time to penetrate into the interior without over-drying the outside.
- To affect in some way with smoke; especially, to drive or expel by smoke: generally with out; also, to destroy or kill, as bees, by smoke.
- To draw smoke from into the mouth and puff it out; also, to burn or use in smoking; inhale the smoke of: as, to smoke tobacco or opium; to smoke a pipe or a cigar.
- To smell out; find out; scent; perceive; perceive the meaning of; suspect.
- To sneer at; quiz; ridicule to one's face.
- To raise dust from by beating; “dust”: as, I'll smoke his jacket for him.
- n. The exhalation, visible vapor, or material that escapes or is expelled from a burning substance during combustion: applied especially to the volatile matter expelled from wood, coal, peat, etc., together with the solid matter which is carried off in suspension with it, that expelled from metallic substances being more generally called fume or fumes.
- n. Anything that resembles smoke; steam; vapor; watery exhalations; dust.
- n. Hence Something unsubstantial; something ephemeral or transient: as, the affair ended in smoke.
- n. The act or process of drawing in and puffing out the fumes of burning tobacco, opium, or the like.
- n. A chimney.
- To get away; skip; skedaddle.
- n. uncountable The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.
- n. colloquial, countable A cigarette.
- n. colloquial, countable, never plural An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.
- n. uncountable, figuratively A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result.
- n. uncountable, figuratively Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors.
- n. uncountable A light grey colour/color tinted with blue.
- n. military, uncountable A particulate of solid or liquid particles dispersed into the air on the battlefield to degrade enemy ground or for aerial observation. Smoke has many uses--screening smoke, signaling smoke, smoke curtain, smoke haze, and smoke deception. Thus it is an artificial aerosol.
- n. baseball, slang A fastball.
- n. UK, slang (The Smoke) London
- v. transitive To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
- v. intransitive To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke regularly or habitually.
- v. intransitive To give off smoke.
- v. To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke.
- v. slang To perform (e.g. music) energetically or skillfully. Almost always in present participle form.
- v. US, slang To kill, especially with a gun.
- v. New Zealand, slang To beat someone at something.
- v. transitive, obsolete To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
- v. obsolete, transitive To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
- v. slang, obsolete, transitive To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
- adj. Of the colour known as smoke.
- adj. Made of or with smoke.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. That which resembles smoke; a vapor; a mist.
- n. Anything unsubstantial, as idle talk.
- n. colloq. The act of smoking, esp. of smoking tobacco.
- v. To emit smoke; to throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; to reek.
- v. Hence, to burn; to be kindled; to rage.
- v. To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
- v. To draw into the mouth the smoke of tobacco burning in a pipe or in the form of cigar, cigarette, etc.; to habitually use tobacco in this manner.
- v. To suffer severely; to be punished.
- v. To apply smoke to; to hang in smoke; to disinfect, to cure, etc., by smoke
- v. To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
- v. To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
- v. Old Slang To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
- v. To inhale and puff out the smoke of, as tobacco; to burn or use in smoking.
- v. To subject to the operation of smoke, for the purpose of annoying or driving out; -- often with
- n. an indication of some hidden activity
- n. the act of smoking tobacco or other substances
- n. street names for marijuana
- v. inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
- n. tobacco leaves that have been made into a cylinder
- n. a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
- n. (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
- n. a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion
- n. something with no concrete substance
- v. emit a cloud of fine particles
- From Middle English smoke, from Old English smoca ("smoke"), probably a derivative of the verb smocian ("to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate"), from Proto-Germanic *smukōnan (“to smoke”), ablaut derivative of Proto-Germanic *smeukanan (“to smoke”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug(h)- (“to smoke”). Related to Old English smēocan ("to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate"), Dutch smook ("smoke"), Middle Low German smōk ("smoke"), German dialectal Schmauch ("smoke"), Bavarian schmuckelen ("to smell bad, reek"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English smoca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The suffering man ought really 'to consume his own smoke;' there is no good in emitting _smoke_ till you have made it into _fire_, -- which, in the metaphorical sense too, all smoke is capable of becoming!”
“Lately, the term "smoke and mirrors" has come up when looking back on Buffalo's 4-1 start.”
““Would it kill you to just use the word smoke bomb?””
“According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jerry Dearly of the Lakota nation spread sweet, thin smoke from a "bear root" incense held in a shell over the playing surface.”
“Dust might be defined as smoke which had settled, and the term smoke applied to solid particles still suspended in the air.”
“I can see how it will be good if you cover a huge rural area - like Salisbury Plain or the Lake District, but to suggest its for officer safety in the smoke is a complete fabrication, they want to know who hangs about where and how many people actually turn up to jobs to back colleagues up ‘unnecessarily’ without officially putting up for it.”
“Encompassing all elements of a successful celebration: good food, excellent company, fun flirtation, energetic music and, of course, watching something go up in smoke, which is a stunningly appropriate (metaphorically speaking) way to end one year and begin another in this chronic chaos that is my existence.”
“But if you look at what she said in that statement, for example, to see how she turns things into what I call smoke and mirrors.”
“A generally accepted alternative to either is just the word smoke, almost inevitably said with a lowered voice tone to distinguish between marijuana and cigarettes.”
“With what gusto he presses it and watches what he calls the smoke pouring from the chimney.”
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