What does chimney mean?

Definitions for chimney
ˈtʃɪm nichim·ney

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chimney.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chimneynoun

    a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building

  2. lamp chimney, chimneynoun

    a glass flue surrounding the wick of an oil lamp


  1. chimneynoun

    A vertical tube or hollow column used to emit environmentally polluting gaseous and solid matter (including but not limited to by-products of burning carbon or hydro-carbon based fuels); a flue.

  2. chimneynoun

    The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.

  3. chimneynoun

    The smokestack of a steam locomotive.

  4. chimneynoun

    A narrow cleft in a rock face; a narrow vertical cave passage.

  5. chimneyverb

    To negotiate a chimney (sense #4) by pushing against the sides with back, feet, hands, etc.

  6. Etymology: From cheminee, from caminus, from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHIMNEYnoun

    Etymology: cheminée, French.

    Chimnies, with scorn, rejecting smoke. Jonathan Swift.

    The night has been unruly: where we lay,
    Our chimnies were blown down. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The chimney
    Is south the chamber; and the chimneypiece,
    Chaste Dian bathing. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The fire which the Chaldeans worshipped for a god, is crept into every man’s chimney. Walter Raleigh, Hist. b. i. c. 68.

    Low offices, which some neighbours hardly think it worth stirring from their chimney sides to obtain. Jonathan Swift, on Sac. Test.


  1. chimney

    A chimney is a vertical hollow structure, typically made of metal, masonry, or brick, designed to carry smoke, soot, and gases from a fireplace, furnace, boiler, or incinerator out of a building. It often contains a flue to control the airflow and create a draft, allowing the unwanted gases to safely rise and disperse into the atmosphere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chimneynoun

    a fireplace or hearth

  2. Chimneynoun

    that part of a building which contains the smoke flues; esp. an upright tube or flue of brick or stone, in most cases extending through or above the roof of the building. Often used instead of chimney shaft

  3. Chimneynoun

    a tube usually of glass, placed around a flame, as of a lamp, to create a draft, and promote combustion

  4. Chimneynoun

    a body of ore, usually of elongated form, extending downward in a vein

  5. Etymology: [F. chemine, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. furnace, oven.]


  1. Chimney

    A chimney is a structure which provides ventilation for hot flue gases or smoke from a boiler, stove, furnace or fireplace to the outside atmosphere. Chimneys are typically vertical, or as near as possible to vertical, to ensure that the gases flow smoothly, drawing air into the combustion in what is known as the stack, or chimney, effect. The space inside a chimney is called a flue. Chimneys may be found in buildings, steam locomotives and ships. In the United States, the term smokestack is also used when referring to locomotive chimneys or ship chimneys, and the term funnel can also be used. The height of a chimney influences its ability to transfer flue gases to the external environment via stack effect. Additionally, the dispersion of pollutants at higher altitudes can reduce their impact on the immediate surroundings. In the case of chemically aggressive output, a sufficiently tall chimney can allow for partial or complete self-neutralization of airborne chemicals before they reach ground level. The dispersion of pollutants over a greater area can reduce their concentrations and facilitate compliance with regulatory limits.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chimney

    chim′ni, n. a passage for the escape of smoke or heated air from a furnace: in houses, that part of the passage which is built above the roof: anything of a like shape.—ns. Chim′ney-can, or -pot, a cylindrical pipe of earthenware or other material placed at the top of a chimney to increase the draught; Chim′ney-cor′ner, in old chimneys, the space between the fire and the wall forming the sides of the fireplace: fireside, commonly spoken of as the place for the aged and infirm; Chim′ney-piece, a shelf over the fireplace; Chim′ney-shaft, the stalk of a chimney which rises above the building; Chim′ney-Stack, a group of chimneys carried up together; Chim′ney-stalk, a very tall chimney; Chim′ney-swall′ow, the Hirundo rustica, a very common swallow: the chimney-swift; Chim′ney-sweep, Chim′ney-sweep′er, one who sweeps or cleans chimneys; Chim′ney-top, the top of a chimney.—Chimney-pot hat, a familiar name for the ordinary cylindrical hat of gentlemen. [Fr. cheminée—L. camīnus; Gr. kaminos, a furnace.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chimney in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chimney in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of chimney in a Sentence

  1. Josh Morris:

    The goal is to try and find the chimney, drill some bolts, put some ropes in and rappel down into different chimneys to wiggle down into the cave maze to see if we can get to the main passage, the key is finding the right hole. If you find the right hole it may not take very long. It's just whether you can find the right hole because they are all over the hillside.

  2. Helga Skoczowsky:

    The noise was dreadful... the light went out... the chimney tops blew off. We were covered in black, we had no eyelashes left, our lips were all crusty from the soot and we were all dirty and in the dark.

  3. Scott Fowler:

    So I went down there and got Chimney Rock, we got Chimney Rock checked out and in a few minutes it just calmed right down, like it was in its mama's arms.

  4. Vincent Van Gogh:

    One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.

  5. Assyrian Proverb:

    You can not write in the chimney with charcoal.

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