- a structure, usually vertical, containing a passage or flue by which the smoke, gases, etc., of a fire or furnace are carried off and by means of which a draft is created.
- the part of such a structure that rises above a roof.
- Now Rare. the smokestack or funnel of a locomotive, steamship, etc.
- a tube, usually of glass, surrounding the flame of a lamp to promote combustion and keep the flame steady.
- the vent of a volcano.
- a narrow vertical fissure between two rock faces or in a rock formation.
- Mining. a nearly vertical cylindrical oreshoot.
- British Dialect. fireplace.
- Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend (a chimney) by repeated bracing of one's feet or back and feet against opposite walls.
- Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend a chimney.
Origin of chimney
Examples from the Web for chimney
But the one that seems to have changed her—stuck with her—is the one of her fall down that chimney.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Then get your parents, friends, roommates, children, neighbors, cats, & chimney sweeps to vote, too.Vote for The Daily Beast at the Webby Awards!
The Daily Beast
April 24, 2013
There is no chimney at the headquarters of the Chief Rabbinate in north London.Lord Jonathan Sacks In Retrospect
March 25, 2013
When the smoke wafts out after sunset, the chimney will be lit with a spotlight.‘Habemus Who?’ A Daunting Task at the Papal Conclave
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 10, 2013
Like the old twisted metal sign that simply says “DOGS,” which hangs on the exposed brick of my chimney.Rebecca Skloot: How I Write
March 6, 2013
He lighted the lamp, turned down the wick, and replaced the chimney.
There was a rush and faint roar of the flame up the chimney as the cardboard burned.
And now they all vanish in a puff of smoke from the chimney.Old Ticonderoga, A Picture of The Past
A gush of smoke came from a chimney in the rear of the edifice.Tanglewood Tales
The chimney, as is the case with all log cabins, was built on the outside.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
- a vertical structure of brick, masonry, or steel that carries smoke or steam away from a fire, engine, etc
- another name for flue 1 (def. 1)
- short for chimney stack
- an open-ended glass tube fitting around the flame of an oil or gas lamp in order to exclude draughts
- British a fireplace, esp an old and large one
- a cylindrical body of an ore, which is usually oriented vertically
- the vent of a volcano
- mountaineering a vertical fissure large enough for a person's body to enter
- anything resembling a chimney in shape or function
Word Origin and History for chimney
late 13c., "furnace;" early 14c., "chimney stack of a fireplace;" late 14c., "fireplace in a residential space;" from Old French cheminee "fireplace; room with a fireplace; hearth; chimney stack" (12c., Modern French cheminée), from Late Latin (camera) caminata "fireplace; room with a fireplace," from Latin caminatus, adjective of caminus "furnace, forge; hearth, oven; flue," from Greek kaminos "furnace, oven, brick kiln." Jamieson  notes that in vulgar use in Scotland it always is pronounced "chimley." Chimney sweep attested from 1610s, earlier chimney sweeper (c.1500).
- 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.