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[smohk-stak] /ˈsmoʊkˌstæk/
Also called stack. a pipe for the escape of the smoke or gases of combustion, as on a steamboat, locomotive, or building.
pertaining to, engaged in, or dependent on a basic heavy industry, as steel or automaking:
smokestack companies.
Origin of smokestack
First recorded in 1855-60; smoke + stack Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The smokestack is probably one of the easiest things to produce.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A very suitable method of producing a smokestack is shown in Fig. 95.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • There is the pilot-house covered with iron, and there is the smokestack.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Sparks streamed and the smokestack quivered, but the train did not start.

  • You seem to be finding a great deal to interest you in that smokestack, young man!

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • If she was in plain sight—if I could see her smokestack—I should have to talk.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • By this time we are away from the rest of the passengers, down by the smokestack.

    Under the Southern Cross

    Elizabeth Robins
  • The launch broke into sudden bustle, and sparks flew from the smokestack.

    Gold Out of Celebes Aylward Edward Dingle
British Dictionary definitions for smokestack


a tall chimney that conveys smoke into the air Sometimes shortened to stack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smokestack

also smoke-stack, 1833, from smoke (n.1) + stack (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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