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Smoke (?), n. [AS. smoca, fr. smeocan to smoke; akin to LG. & D. smook smoke, Dan. smog, G. schmauch, and perh. to Gr. to burn in a smoldering fire; cf. Lith. smaugti to choke.]

1.

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.

⇒ The gases of hydrocarbons, raised to a red heat or thereabouts, without a mixture of air enough to produce combustion, disengage their carbon in a fine powder, forming smoke. The disengaged carbon when deposited on solid bodies is soot.

2.

That which resembles smoke; a vapor; a mist.

3.

Anything unsubstantial, as idle talk.

Shak.

4.

The act of smoking, esp. of smoking tobacco; as, to have a smoke.

[Colloq.]

Smoke is sometimes joined with other word. forming self-explaining compounds; as, smoke-consuming, smoke-dried, smoke-stained, etc.

Smoke arch, the smoke box of a locomotive. -- Smoke ball Mil., a ball or case containing a composition which, when it burns, sends forth thick smoke. -- Smoke black, lampblack. [Obs.] -- Smoke board, a board suspended before a fireplace to prevent the smoke from coming out into the room. -- Smoke box, a chamber in a boiler, where the smoke, etc., from the furnace is collected before going out at the chimney. -- Smoke sail Naut., a small sail in the lee of the galley stovepipe, to prevent the smoke from annoying people on deck. -- Smoke tree Bot., a shrub (Rhus Cotinus) in which the flowers are mostly abortive and the panicles transformed into tangles of plumose pedicels looking like wreaths of smoke. -- To end in smoke, to burned; hence, to be destroyed or ruined; figuratively, to come to nothing.<-- same as go up in smoke. -->

Syn. -- Fume; reek; vapor.

 

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Smoke, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Smoked (?); p. pr. & vb n. Smoking.] [AS. smocian; akin to D. smoken, G. schmauchen, Dan. smoge. See Smoke, n.]

1.

To emit smoke; to throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; to reek.

Hard by a cottage chimney smokes. Milton.

2.

Hence, to burn; to be kindled; to rage.

The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke agains. that man. Deut. xxix. 20.

3.

To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.

Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field. Dryden.

4.

To draw into the mouth the smoke of tobacco burning in a pipe or in the form of a cigar, cigarette, etc.; to habitually use tobacco in this manner.

5.

To suffer severely; to be punished.

Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome. Shak.

<-- To be smoking, (a) [Colloq] (Entertainment, sports) To perform in an exciting manner. (b) (Gambling) To be winning in a long streak -->

 

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Smoke, v. t.

1.

To apply smoke to; to hang in smoke; to disinfect, to cure, etc., by smoke; as, to smoke or fumigate infected clothing; to smoke beef or hams for preservation.

2.

To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.

"Smoking the temple."

Chaucer.

3.

To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.

I alone Smoked his true person, talked with him. Chapman.

He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu. Shak.

Upon that . . . I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers. Addison.

4.

To ridicule to the face; to quiz.

[Old Slang]

5.

To inhale and puff out the smoke of, as tobacco; to burn or use in smoking; as, to smoke a pipe or a cigar.

6.

To subject to the operation of smoke, for the purpose of annoying or driving out; -- often with out; as, to smoke a woodchuck out of his burrow.

<-- also used metaphorically, to expose, to cause to be made public; to drive out, as if by smoke. -->

 

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