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

  • n. A large chimney or vertical pipe through which combustion vapors, gases, and smoke are discharged.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being firms, industries, or places involved in heavy manufacturing or in the processing of materials: smokestack industries such as steel and iron.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conduit or group of conduits atop a structure allowing smoke to flow out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chimney; esp., a pipe serving as a chimney, as the pipe which carries off the smoke of a locomotive, the funnel of a steam vessel, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pipe, usually of sheet-iron, through which the smoke and gases of combustion from a steam-boiler are discharged into the open air. See cut under passenger-engine.

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

  • n. a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.