Meaning of CHIMNEY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈchim-nē ]


( 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

• chim·ney·like -ˌlīk adjective

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