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

  • intransitive v. To smoke continually, as by lighting the next cigarette from the previous one.
  • transitive v. To smoke (cigarettes, for example) in continuing succession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To smoke cigarettes by continuously lighting one from the glowing end of the previous one.
  • v. To smoke tobacco cigarettes frequently.
  • v. To smoke by continuously lighting one from another.

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

  • v. smoke one cigarette after another; light one cigarette from the preceding one


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