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This page has 7 definitions of chimney in English. Chimney is a noun and verb. Also define these 31 related words and terms: vertical, tube, hollow, column, environmentally, polluting, gaseous, solid, matter, by-product, carbon, fuel, flue, lum, glass, surrounding, flame, oil lamp, smokestack, steam, locomotive, narrow, cleft, rock, face, cave, passage, vagina, black eye, shiner, and climbing.

See also: çhymney


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From Middle English chymeney, chymney, chymne, from Old French cheminee, from Late Latin camīnāta, from Latin camīnus, from Ancient Greek κάμῑνος (kámīnos, furnace). Doublet of chimenea.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɪmni/, (proscribed) /ˈt͡ʃɪməni/
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chimney (plural chimneys or (archaic) chimnies)

a chimney
  1. A vertical tube or hollow column used to emit environmentally polluting gaseous and solid matter (including but not limited to by-products of burning carbon- or hydrocarbon-based fuels); a flue.
    Synonym: (Northern England, Scotland) lum
    • 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134:
      Our chimney was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and piping the eye.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 112:
      Witches always anointed themselves with ointments before departing up the chimney to their Sabbaths.
    • Environmentally definition
      In a manner affecting the environment.
    • Gaseous definition
      Relating to, or existing as gas (matter in an intermediate state between liquid and plasma). (1 of 3 gaseous definitions)
  2. The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.
    • Flame definition
      The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat. (1 of 6 flame definitions)
    • Oil Lamp definition
      A simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a liquid fuel source.
  3. (Britain) The smokestack of a steam locomotive.
  4. A narrow cleft in a rock face; a narrow vertical cave passage.
    • Face definition
      The front part of the head of a human or other animal, featuring the eyes, nose and mouth, and the surrounding area. (1 of 27 face definitions)
  5. (vulgar, euphemistic) A vagina.
  6. (Northern Ireland, slang) A black eye; a shiner.

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chimney (third-person singular simple present chimneys, present participle chimneying, simple past and past participle chimneyed)

  1. (climbing) To negotiate a chimney (narrow vertical cave passage) by pushing against the sides with back, feet, hands, etc.
    • Climbing definition
      The sport of climbing, ascending a wall or a rock or another object using available holds, generally with the safety of a rope and belayer. (1 of 2 climbing definitions)

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