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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of smokestack

Historical Examples of smokestack

  • 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!


    Alice Hegan Rice

British Dictionary definitions for smokestack



a tall chimney that conveys smoke into the airSometimes shortened to: stack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for smokestack

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper