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  1. emitting, producing, or having little or no smoke.
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Origin of smokeless

First recorded in 1575–80; smoke + -less
Related formssmoke·less·ly, adverbsmoke·less·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of smokeless

  • American smokeless powder for cannon also has its advantages.

    New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915


  • Smokeless explosions may be possible now, but we did not then know how to do any better.

    Diversions in Sicily

    H. Festing Jones

  • In his hand were a dozen little .22 long, soft-nosed, smokeless cartridges.

  • Too soon he saw that the roofs were smokeless, and all the court was deep in weeds.

    The World's Desire

    H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang

  • The village was asleep, and all its cottages were smokeless.

British Dictionary definitions for smokeless


  1. having or producing little or no smokesmokeless fuel
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Word Origin and History for smokeless


"emitting little smoke," 1580s, from smoke (n.1) + -less.

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