noun (plural chimneys) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French chiminee, from Late Latin caminata, from Latin caminus furnace, fireplace, from Greek kaminos; perhaps akin to Greek kamara vault Date: 14th century 1. dialect fireplace, hearth 2. a vertical structure incorporated into a building and enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke; especially the part of such a structure extending above a roof 3. smokestack 4. a tube usually of glass placed around a flame (as of a lamp) 5. something resembling a chimney: as a. a narrow cleft or passage in rock b. a tall column of rock on the ocean floor that is formed by the precipitation of minerals from superheated water issuing from a vent in the earth's crust and rising through the column of rock • chimneylike adjective

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  • Chimney — Chim ney, n.; pl. {Chimneys}. [F. chemin[ e]e, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. ? furnace, oven.] 1. A fireplace or hearth. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a building which contains the smoke flues; esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chimney — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. cheminee fire place (12c., Mod.Fr. cheminée), from L.L. (camera) caminata fireplace, room with a fireplace, from L. caminatus, adj. of caminus hearth, oven, flue, from Gk. kaminos furnace. Chimney sweep attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chimney — [n] smokestack for building chase, chimney pot, chimney stack, fireplace, flue, funnel, furnace, hearth, pipe, smokeshaft, stack, vent, ventilator; concept 440 …   New thesaurus

  • chimney — [chim′nē] n. pl. chimneys [ME chimene, a fireplace < OFr cheminée < LL caminata, fireplace < L caminus, furnace, flue < Gr kaminos, oven, fireplace; ult. < ? IE base * kam, to arch > CAMERA] 1. the passage through which smoke or …   English World dictionary

  • chimney — ► NOUN (pl. chimneys) 1) a vertical pipe which conducts smoke and gases up from a fire or furnace. 2) a glass tube protecting the flame of a lamp. 3) a very steep narrow cleft by which a rock face may be climbed. ORIGIN Old French cheminee, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • Chimney — For other uses, see Chimney (disambiguation). Smokestack redirects here. For the 1963 avant garde jazz album, see Smokestack (album). The world s tallest chimney, of GRES 2 in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan. A chimney is a structure for venting hot flue… …   Wikipedia

  • chimney — chimneyless, adj. chimneylike, adj. /chim nee/, n., pl. chimneys, v., chimneyed, chimneying. n. 1. a structure, usually vertical, containing a passage or flue by which the smoke, gases, etc., of a fire or furnace are carried off and by means of… …   Universalium

  • chimney — n. (pl. eys) 1 a vertical channel conducting smoke or combustion gases etc. up and away from a fire, furnace, engine, etc. 2 the part of this which projects above a roof. 3 a glass tube protecting the flame of a lamp. 4 a narrow vertical crack in …   Useful english dictionary

  • chimney — chim|ney [ˈtʃımni] n ↑chimney, ↑gutter [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: cheminée, from Late Latin caminata, from Latin caminus fireplace , from Greek kaminos] 1.) a vertical pipe that allows smoke from a fire to pass out of a building up… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chimney — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ high, tall ▪ short ▪ narrow, wide ▪ tapering ▪ brick …   Collocations dictionary

  • chimney — n. 1) smoke goes up a chimney 2) smoke comes out of a chimney * * * [ tʃɪmnɪ] smoke comes out of a chimney smoke goes up a chimney …   Combinatory dictionary

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