• Never too far gone for a smoke
    Never too far gone for a smoke
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smoke inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes "We never smoked marijuana","Do you smoke?"
    • v smoke emit a cloud of fine particles "The chimney was fuming"
    • n smoke (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity "he swung late on the fastball","he showed batters nothing but smoke"
    • n smoke the act of smoking tobacco or other substances "he went outside for a smoke","smoking stinks"
    • n smoke street names for marijuana
    • n smoke tobacco leaves that have been made into a cylinder
    • n smoke something with no concrete substance "his dreams all turned to smoke","it was just smoke and mirrors"
    • n smoke an indication of some hidden activity "with all that smoke there must be a fire somewhere"
    • n smoke a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
    • n smoke a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion "the fire produced a tower of black smoke that could be seen for miles"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

sketch of smoke cloud sketch of smoke cloud
Cartoon-Horse smoking cigarette Cartoon-Horse smoking cigarette
"I hate to have you smoke, Ulaley—I hate to like a dog." "I hate to have you smoke, Ulaley—I hate to like a dog."
Enjoying a smoke in a tavern, about 1625. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Enjoying a smoke in a tavern, about 1625. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smoke that is produced by a fire kills more people than a burn does because of carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases
    • Smoke Anything unsubstantial, as idle talk.
    • Smoke Hence, to burn; to be kindled; to rage. "The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke agains. that man."
    • Smoke That which resembles smoke; a vapor; a mist.
    • Smoke The act of smoking, esp. of smoking tobacco; as, to have a smoke .
    • Smoke 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.
    • Smoke 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.
    • Smoke 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.
    • Smoke To emit smoke; to throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; to reek. "Hard by a cottage chimney smokes ."
    • Smoke To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume. "Smoking the temple."
    • Smoke To inhale and puff out the smoke of, as tobacco; to burn or use in smoking; as, to smoke a pipe or a cigar.
    • Smoke To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion. "Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field."
    • Smoke To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
    • Smoke To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect. "I alone Smoked his true person, talked with him.""He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.""Upon that . . . I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers."
    • Smoke 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 To suffer severely; to be punished. "Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke
    • smoke To emit smoke; throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation; reek; fume; especially, to send off visible vapor as the product of combustion.
    • smoke To burn; be kindled; rage; fume.
    • smoke To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
    • smoke To smell or hunt something out; suspect something; perceive a hidden fact or meaning.
    • smoke To permit the passage of smoke outward instead of drawing it upward; send out smoke for want of sufficient draft: said of chimneys, stoves, etc.
    • smoke To draw fumes of burning tobacco, opium, or the like, into, and emit them from, the mouth; use tobacco or opium in this manner.
    • smoke To suffer as from overwork or hard treatment; be punished.
    • smoke To emit dust, as when beaten.
    • smoke To apply smoke to; blacken with smoke; hang in smoke; medicate or dry by smoke; fumigate: as, to smoke infected clothing; to subject to the action of smoke, as meat; cure by means of smoke; smoke-dry; also, to incense. Smoking meat consists in exposing meat previously salted, or rubbed over with salt, to wood-smoke in an apartment so distant from the fire as not to be unduly heated by it, the smoke being admitted by flues at the bottom of the side walls. Here the meat absorbs the empyreumatic acid of the smoke, and is dried at the same time. The kind of wood used affects the quality and taste of the meat, smoke from beech and oak being preferable to that from flr and larch. Smoke from the twigs and berries of juniper, or from rosemary, peppermint, etc., imparts somewhat of the aromatic flavor of these plants. A slow smoking with a slender fire is better than a quick and hot one, as it allows the empyreumatic principles time to penetrate into the interior without over-drying the outside.
    • smoke To affect in some way with smoke; especially, to drive or expel by smoke: generally with out; also, to destroy or kill, as bees, by smoke.
    • smoke To draw smoke from into the mouth and puff it out; also, to burn or use in smoking; inhale the smoke of: as, to smoke tobacco or opium; to smoke a pipe or a cigar.
    • smoke To smell out; find out; scent; perceive; perceive the meaning of; suspect.
    • smoke To sneer at; quiz; ridicule to one's face.
    • smoke To raise dust from by beating; “dust”: as, I'll smoke his jacket for him.
    • n smoke The exhalation, visible vapor, or material that escapes or is expelled from a burning substance during combustion: applied especially to the volatile matter expelled from wood, coal, peat, etc., together with the solid matter which is carried off in suspension with it, that expelled from metallic substances being more generally called fume or fumes.
    • n smoke Anything that resembles smoke; steam; vapor; watery exhalations; dust.
    • n smoke Hence Something unsubstantial; something ephemeral or transient: as, the affair ended in smoke.
    • n smoke The act or process of drawing in and puffing out the fumes of burning tobacco, opium, or the like.
    • n smoke A chimney.
    • smoke To get away; skip; skedaddle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No-one has ever died from smoking cannabis
    • n Smoke smōk the vapour from a burning body—a common term for the volatile products of the imperfect combustion of such organic substances as wood or coal
    • v.i Smoke to emit smoke: to smoke out instead of upward, owing to imperfect draught: to draw in and puff out the smoke of tobacco: to raise smoke by moving rapidly: to burn, to rage: to suffer, as from punishment
    • v.t Smoke to apply smoke to: to dry, scent, or medicate by smoke: to inhale the smoke of: to use in smoking: to try to expel by smoking: to scent out, discover: to quiz, ridicule: to thrash
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”
  • Mark Twain
    “To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I've done it a thousand times.”
  • Bob Dole
    Bob Dole
    “We know [smoking tobacco] is not good for kids, but a lot of other things aren't good. Drinking's not good. Some would say milk's not good.”
  • Russell Hoban
    Russell Hoban
    “But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.”
  • Barbara Kelly
    Barbara Kelly
    “I tried to stop smoking cigarettes by telling myself I just didn't want to smoke, but I didn't believe myself.”


Blow smoke - (USA) If people blow smoke, they exaggerate or say things that are not true, usually to make themselves look better.
End in smoke - If something ends in smoke, it produces no concrete or positive result. This expression refers to the boasting by a person, of having put in a lot of efforts by him, for a particular cause or to attain a result which is very difficult to be done by any person. (This mainly refers to an investigation of a crime or solving a serious offence or a mystery). But at the end, when the desired result is not obtained, his claims are found to be false and not worth mentioning. So, he looses his credibility.
Holy smoke! - This is a way of expressing surprise: "Holy smoke! Look at all of those geese!"
No smoke without fire - This idiom means that when people suspect something, there is normally a good reason for the suspicion, even if there is no concrete evidence. ('Where's there's smoke, there's fire' is also used.)
Put that in your pipe and smoke it - This is used as an unsympathetic way of telling someone to accept what you have just said.
Smoke and mirrors - An attempt to conceal something is smoke and mirrors.
Smoke like a chimney - Someone who smokes very heavily smokes like a chimney.
Smoke the peace pipe - If people smoke the peace pipe, they stop arguing and fighting.
Smoking gun - A smoking gun is definitive proof of someone's guilt.
Where there's smoke, there's fire - When there is an indication or sign of something bad, usually the indication is correct.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

A large percentage of the boys who smoked were defective in memory, while only one boy who did not smoke was so affected.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Presently there was a cry, and first one man and then another was hauled up almost suffocated with smoke.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The little lamp smoked yet on the table.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
In a particularly amiable frame of mind, old Ravenshaw went out one morning to smoke.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
How comes it, I wonder, that you are so fond of fire, smoke, fumes, crash, clatter, and explosions?
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
The Wilderness resounded; smoke began to rise like the smoke of strange sacrifices; the mood of the place changed to frenzy.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
On the other side, we could see smoke 'way up above where the suspension bridge now is.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Lunch-time to-day it was, and your papa was smoking his cigar and looking out to sea all by himself.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Carlos was smoking a cigarette, and the air of the room was heavy with smoke.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
When the smoke was blown aside, the body of young Holingsworth was seen lying at the base of the rock, doubled up, dead!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Strong ‘mid the battle-smoke
I hold more dear
Those soft words you spoke
To a foolish ear.
"Now ‘Neath the Cool Stars" by Leon Gellert
Bright buds are everywhere.
God of the hills,
The smoke,
The sun,
The growing grain,
I cannot word my prayer.
"Prayer" by Toyohiko Kagawa
When cuckoos call from fair tree-tops
Greater grows my sorrow;
Stinging smoke, grief awake
For my kinsfolk's passing.
"Sadness in Spring" by Anonymous British
Until the tears are in my eyes.
And my heart is wellnigh broke
For thinking on old memories
That gather in the smoke.
"The Fires" by Rudyard Kipling
All day and night as a sweet smoke
Her prayer ascends the skies
That all her piteous fighting folk
May walk in Paradise.
"The Convent Garden" by Katharine Tynan
The sun went down in flame and smoke,
The cold night passed without alarms,
And when the bitter morning broke
Our men stood to their arms.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Smoke still billowed from the rear of the Balise Honda dealership at 400 Riverdale St nearly 30 minutes after an explosion rocked the building.
He points to the smoke trailing off in the wind.
State weighs saddling Medicaid patients with $50 tax for being heavy or smoking.
The Dancing Donkeys Smoke House Eatery Restaurants in Guernsey County will be featuring smoked and marinated venison for this upcoming hunting season.
Smoking has been linked to workers taking more time off due to health reasons, but have you ever thought about how much time smokers actually spend smoking.
When a fire occurs and smoke begins to fill your home, everyone must know what to do and where to go when the smoke alarm sounds.
The smoke alarms, there's heavy smoke everywhere, it should have triggered.
Tales of Pot Smoke and Gun Smoke .
Prevalence and Predictors of Smoking by Inpatients During a Hospital StayPrevalence and Predictors of Inpatient Smoking.
Quantum recently expanded its popular Smoke series to include the saltwater-ready Smoke Inshore spinning reels.
Sandwiches, burgers, steaks, specials, whisky bar, separate rooms for smoking and non-smoking.
Target announced that it is launching a month-long anti-smoking campaign in connection with the American Cancer Society's 2010 Great American Smokeout to support guests and team members in their efforts to quit smoking.
We are proud to announce the launch of Smoke Sabre , a totally new concept in smoke detector testing which offers multiple unique features and is available now.
Risky second-hand smoke levels found in airport smoking lounges.
Smoking ban will stop people from smoking in outdoor shacks .

In science:

Its primary objective is τ detection, as the ‘smoking gun’ for νµ → ντ oscillations.
Summary of Neutrino 2000
As a result, χ1 (T ) has a minimum somewhat below T ∗ cr , which can be viewed as a “smoking gun” for pairing correlations, since it is absent for odd normal grains.
Review: Superconductivity in ultrasmall metallic grains
The recently discovered Sagittarius dwarf galaxy, which is just now being disrupted by interaction with our Galaxy, provides a clear ‘smoking gun’ example of a satellite that is being dispersed into an extended moving stream and thus is adding both stars and clusters to the Galactic halo.
Summary: Modes of Star Formation
He argued that there is no smoking gun for one solution over another.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
Gamma ray decay products from inelastic p-p collisions, and π0 → 2γ , in particular, are commonly viewed as the “smoking gun” for hadronic DSA in SNRs.
Nonthermal Radiation from Type Ia Supernova Remnants