Smoke (?), n. [AS. smoca, fr.
smeócan to smoke; akin to LG. & D. smook smoke,
Dan. smög, G. schmauch, and perh. to Gr. ???
to burn in a smoldering fire; cf. Lith. smaugti to choke.]
1. The visible exhalation, vapor, or substance
that escapes, or expelled, from a burning body, especially from
burning vegetable matter, as wood, coal, peat, or the like.
☞ The gases of hydrocarbons, raised to a red heat or
thereabouts, without a mixture of air enough to produce combustion,
disengage their carbon in a fine powder, forming smoke. The
disengaged carbon when deposited on solid bodies is soot.
2. That which resembles smoke; a vapor; a
3. Anything unsubstantial, as idle talk.
4. The act of smoking, esp. of smoking
tobacco; as, to have a smoke. [Colloq.]
☞ Smoke is sometimes joined with other word. forming
self-explaining compounds; as, smoke-consuming, smoke-
dried, smoke-stained, etc.
Smoke arch, the smoke box of a
locomotive. -- Smoke ball (Mil.), a
ball or case containing a composition which, when it burns, sends
forth thick smoke. -- Smoke black,
lampblack. [Obs.] -- Smoke board, a
board suspended before a fireplace to prevent the smoke from coming
out into the room. -- Smoke box, a chamber
in a boiler, where the smoke, etc., from the furnace is collected
before going out at the chimney. -- Smoke sail
(Naut.), a small sail in the lee of the galley stovepipe,
to prevent the smoke from annoying people on deck. --
Smoke tree (Bot.), a shrub (Rhus
Cotinus) in which the flowers are mostly abortive and the panicles
transformed into tangles of plumose pedicels looking like wreaths of
smoke. -- To end in smoke, to burned;
hence, to be destroyed or ruined; figuratively, to come to
Syn. -- Fume; reek; vapor.
Smoke, v. t. 1. To
apply smoke to; to hang in smoke; to disinfect, to cure, etc., by
smoke; as, to smoke or fumigate infected clothing; to
smoke beef or hams for preservation.
2. To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill
with incense; to perfume. "Smoking the temple."
3. To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to
Smoked his true person, talked with him.
He was first smoked by the old Lord
Upon that . . . I began to smoke that they were
a parcel of mummers. Addison.
4. To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
5. To inhale and puff out the smoke of, as
tobacco; to burn or use in smoking; as, to smoke a pipe or a
6. To subject to the operation of smoke, for
the purpose of annoying or driving out; -- often with out; as,
to smoke a woodchuck out of his burrow.
Smoke, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Smoked (?); p. pr. & vb n.
Smoking.] [AS. smocian; akin to D. smoken, G.
schmauchen, Dan. smöge. See Smoke,
n.] 1. To emit smoke; to throw
off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; to
Hard by a cottage chimney smokes.
2. Hence, to burn; to be kindled; to
The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall
smoke agains. that man. Deut. xxix. 20.
3. To raise a dust or smoke by rapid
Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the
4. To draw into the mouth the smoke of tobacco
burning in a pipe or in the form of a cigar, cigarette, etc.; to
habitually use tobacco in this manner.
5. To suffer severely; to be
Some of you shall smoke for it in