noun, plural chim·neys.
- the vent of a volcano.
- a narrow vertical fissure between two rock faces or in a rock formation.
verb (used with object), chim·neyed, chim·ney·ing.
verb (used without object), chim·neyed, chim·ney·ing.
- chimney breast,
- chimney cap,
- chimney corner,
- chimney piece,
- chimney place
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.
Then get your parents, friends, roommates, children, neighbors, cats, & chimney sweeps to vote, too.
There is no chimney at the headquarters of the Chief Rabbinate in north London.
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|DAILY BEAST
Like the old twisted metal sign that simply says “DOGS,” which hangs on the exposed brick of my chimney.
The Professor of Odd Jobs occupied the seat of honor in the arm chair in the chimney corner.Ishmael|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
"Perfectly suah," she answered with a laugh, then leaning back in the chimney corner again, opened the third letter.The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding|Annie Fellows Johnston
The blaze, red and yellow, and with elusive purple gleams, leaped up the chimney.His "Day In Court"|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
I feel as if the chimney were still hot but that you had drenched the fire in the grate.The Last Shot|Frederick Palmer
In general where they had large families, they would have two rooms with a chimney in the middle of the house.Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives|Work Projects Administration
- a cylindrical body of an ore, which is usually oriented vertically
- the vent of a volcano
Word Origin 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).