from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who smokes tobacco.
  • noun A device, such as a stove, that emits smoke.
  • noun A smoking car.
  • noun An informal social gathering for men.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In bee-keeping, an apparatus for creating a smoke to quiet the bees.
  • noun An informal gathering of men where smoking is freely indulged in: music, a vaudeville show, cards, etc., are sometimes part of the evening's entertainment.
  • noun One who or that which smokes, in any sense of the verb.
  • noun See the quotation.
  • noun A smoking-car.
  • noun The long-billed curlew, Numenius longirostris: so called from the shape of the bill, which looks as if the bird had a pipe in its mouth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who dries or preserves by smoke.
  • noun One who smokes tobacco or the like.
  • noun United States A smoking car or compartment.
  • noun colloq. A gathering for smoking and social intercourse.
  • noun a vent at the bottom of the ocean, usually at a mid-ocean ridge, through which large quantities of water carrying minerals flow, producing a jet of fluid with the appearance of black smoke. The ocean water in crevices below the vent is heated to temperatures near 400° C, and dissolves quantities of metal salts, such as of copper, zinc, gold, and manganese. When the saturated mineral solutions exit the vent, cooling by contact with the ocean causes the metals to precipitate, mainly as sulfide or sulfate salts. Unusual forms of life such as tube worms have been found to live in the areas near black smokers. Additional information is available from The Natural History Museum of London and The American Museum of Natural History Expeditions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who smokes tobacco habitually.
  • noun A smoking car on a train.
  • noun An informal social gathering for men only.
  • noun A vent in the deep ocean floor from which a plume of superheated seawater, rich in minerals, erupts.
  • noun An illicit boxing match; see Wikipedia:Battle Royal (boxing).
  • noun A device that releases smoke intended to distract bees (also more specifically called a bee smoker).
  • noun An apparatus for smoking food, or a person who smokes food.
  • noun UK An social event featuring sketches, songs, etc., whether or not smoking is carried out.

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

  • noun a party for men only (or one considered suitable for men only)
  • noun a person who smokes tobacco
  • noun a passenger car for passengers who wish to smoke


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