chimney

[ chim-nee ]
/ ˈtʃɪm ni /

noun, plural chim·neys.

verb (used with object), chim·neyed, chim·ney·ing.

Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend (a chimney) by repeated bracing of one's feet or back and feet against opposite walls.

verb (used without object), chim·neyed, chim·ney·ing.

Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend a chimney.

Origin of chimney

1300–50; Middle English chimenai < Middle French cheminee < Latin (camera) camīnāta (room) having a fireplace, equivalent to camīn(us) (< Greek kámīnos furnace) + -āta -ate1

Related forms

chim·ney·less, adjectivechim·ney·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chimney

chimney

/ (ˈtʃɪmnɪ) /

noun


Word Origin for chimney

C14: from Old French cheminée, from Late Latin camīnāta, from Latin camīnus furnace, from Greek kaminos fireplace, oven
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Science definitions for chimney

chimney

[ chĭmnē ]

An elongated opening in a volcano through which magma reaches the Earth's surface.
A stack of minerals that have precipitated out of a hydrothermal vent on the floor of a sea or ocean. See more at hydrothermal vent.
An isolated column of rock along a coastline, formed by the erosion of a sea cliff by waves. Chimneys are smaller than stacks.

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