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  1. Also called stack. a pipe for the escape of the smoke or gases of combustion, as on a steamboat, locomotive, or building.
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  1. pertaining to, engaged in, or dependent on a basic heavy industry, as steel or automaking: smokestack companies.
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Origin of smokestack

First recorded in 1855–60; smoke + stack
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Related Words for smokestack

technical, modern, mechanical, industrialized, automated, business, manufactured, manufacturing, streamlined, mechanized, smokestack

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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


  1. a tall chimney that conveys smoke into the airSometimes shortened to: stack
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Word Origin and History for smokestack


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

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