smoke

Definitions

  • 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
IMPORTANT MEETING OF SMOKE MAKERS IMPORTANT MEETING OF SMOKE MAKERS
Cartoon-Horse smoking cigarette Cartoon-Horse smoking cigarette
ABERDEEN SMOKING THE PIPE OF PEACE ABERDEEN SMOKING THE PIPE OF PEACE
THE DOG SMOKING A PIPE THE DOG SMOKING A PIPE
"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."
THE CHAPLAIN STOOD WITH A SMOKING PISTOL IN HIS HAND THE CHAPLAIN STOOD WITH A SMOKING PISTOL IN HIS HAND
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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Quotations

  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “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.”

Idioms

Blow smoke - (USA) If people blow smoke, they exaggerate or say things that are not true, usually to make themselves look better.
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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.
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Holy smoke! - This is a way of expressing surprise: "Holy smoke! Look at all of those geese!"
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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.)
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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.
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Smoke and mirrors - An attempt to conceal something is smoke and mirrors.
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Smoke like a chimney - Someone who smokes very heavily smokes like a chimney.
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Smoke the peace pipe - If people smoke the peace pipe, they stop arguing and fighting.
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Smoking gun - A smoking gun is definitive proof of someone's guilt.
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Where there's smoke, there's fire - When there is an indication or sign of something bad, usually the indication is correct.
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Etymology

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

Usage

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
I lounged about the hotel, and smoked my cigar in its fine piazza.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He was smoking when Daniel Davidson visited him, in order to hold the very important conversation to which we have referred.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
Here the smoke was not so dense, so that he could breathe, though with difficulty.
"Fighting the Flames" by R.M. Ballantyne
They were not trying to make smoke, but if a ship must make smoke, it will not be seen so far on a gray day.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
He puffed and smoked in silence for a while.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
He was smoking, and watching the girl wife he idolized as she silently munched the slice of layer cake which he had passed her.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
BOARD HIM IN THE SMOKE.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Its wreathing smoke coiled slowly upward in the smoke-like atmosphere.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
On the 25th of August the British left the smoking ruins of Washington behind them, and made for their fleet lying in the Patuxent.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Why can't you use a man's smoke if you're going to smoke at all?
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
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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 .
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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
Indeed, this result was one of the early “smoking guns” of the EW sector of the ST at the level of its quantum corrections.
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective
As mentioned in Section III.A, this result was one of the early “smoking guns” of the EW sector of the ST at the level of its quantum corrections.
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective
If not, we can conclude that other factors must be involved (we found this to be the case for smoking, for example).
Statistical Tests for Contagion in Observational Social Network Studies
The value of test cases without assertion is debatable, but they might still serve as smoke tests.
On Extracting Unit Tests from Interactive Programming Sessions
LISA could easily observe these effects [80, 81], that would be spectacular smoking guns of deviations from general relativity.
Astrophysical black holes as natural laboratories for fundamental physics and strong-field gravity
New light neutral gauge bosons (Z ′ ) were early on considered to be the “smoking guns” of string, back when E6 (⊂ E8 ) was the favorable, string-inspired gauge group 51 .
Theoretical Summary
These stars, having been ejected from the GC via binary-exchange collisions with a putative supermassive black hole at speeds in excess of Galactic escape would provide the dynamical “smoking gun” evidence for such an ob ject at a time when direct detection seemed remote.
Old-Population Hypervelocity Stars from the Galactic Center: Limits from the SDSS
Data acquisition module : A set of censors (CO gas, temperature, humidity, N O gas, smoke) and small camera.
An Integrated Software-based Solution for Modular and Self-independent Networked Robot
Firstly, the geometrical motion equations for smoke circle is formulated based empirical observations. Then, its geometrical structure is exposed. Based on them, the mechanic dynamic motion equations are established.
Dynamic Evolution Equations for Isolated Smoke Vortexes in Rational Mechanics
For simplicity, the Z axe is positioned at the center of smoke vortex.
Dynamic Evolution Equations for Isolated Smoke Vortexes in Rational Mechanics
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