• Never too far gone for a smoke
    Never too far gone for a smoke
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj smoking emitting smoke in great volume "a smoking fireplace"
    • n smoking the act of smoking tobacco or other substances "he went outside for a smoke","smoking stinks"
    • n smoking 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: People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke
    • Smoking a. & n. from Smoke.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke
    • n smoking The act of emitting smoke.
    • n smoking The act of holding a lighted cigar, cigarette, or pipe in the mouth and drawing in and emitting the smoke: also used in composition with reference to things connected with this practice: as, a smoking-car; a smoking-saloon.
    • n smoking A quizzing; bantering.
    • n smoking The act of spying, suspecting, or ferreting out.
    • smoking Emitting smoke or steam; hence, brisk or fierce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No-one has ever died from smoking cannabis
    • Smoking the act of emitting smoke: the act or habit of drawing into the mouth and emitting the fumes of tobacco by means of a pipe or cigar—a habit of great sedative value: a bantering
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smocian, smoca; Ger. schmauch.


In literature:

The day was hot; they wandered to the smoking-room.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
Taking up a fork he opened one of the round, black, smoking things.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While" by Laura Lee Hope
Then we both began to blow clouds of smoke in each other's faces.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
Quest took a seat and smoked calmly, with his eyes fixed upon the roof.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Here, of course, loud talking and tobacco smoke prevailed.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
He smoked on till the coal was dead.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Come to my sitting-room and have a smoke.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
He limped stiffly on a wooden leg, and his fine buildings had gone up in fire and smoke.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Smoke drifted blue from the stovepipe.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
After the cells have burned the food scraps, they turn the "ashes" and "smoke" back into the blood-stream that is always flowing past them.
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
And, since you are so considerate, perhaps you will allow me to smoke a cigarette.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Boom, and the gun recoiled in a veil of smoke.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
A certain time is to be allowed for eating, and we are to make smoke signals when we reach the camping place, and again when we leave.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Mountains" by Jane L. Stewart
The other refused to smoke, but Iredale lit his pipe and smoked solemnly.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
It smoked in great puffs into the room.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
For some minutes they smoked with their eyes downcast.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
The smoke from South Harvey on their right was lighted also.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Brother who Smoked, thereby destroying his Vital Organs, his Good Looks, and Stunting his Body.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
I saw Richard Longsword's form in the smoke, and the smoke shows only the living.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis

In poetry:

And seest the ashes cast away;
Then to thyself thou may say,
That to the dust
Return thou must.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
No sounds of toil their stillness taunt,
No hearth-smoke sullies
The air: the Mountain Muses haunt
Those lone, green gullies.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Yet only seemed; for whenso'er
She strove to stand alone,
She proved no more than smoke and air,
Who looked like flesh and bone.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
And seest the ashes cast away,
Then to thyself thou mayest say,
That to the dust
Return thou must.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
She does not mind a good cigar
(The kind, that is, I smoke);
She thinks all men quite stupid are,
(But laughs whene’er I joke).
"Circumstantial Evidence" by Ellis Parker Butler
I ran! O my heart, you were eager!
but feet, you were slow, were you not?
O wreath of blue smoke all upcurling!
O little grey cot!
"The Little Brown Path" by Fay Inchfawn

In news:

MOCA's 'Blues for Smoke' improvises and captivates.
Now I used to smoke but I stopped in May of 2010.
Kuruwitage and Kaycee Gillman, Hit This Smoke Shop, 505 S Locust St, Denton.
Smoking bans are spreading from planes, trains and buses to another mode of transit: rental cars.
Charlie Sheen smoked cocaine all night and asked a porn star to babysit his children in the hours before his partying ended in a trip to a hospital and a new stint in rehab.
We were turned onto Mona after reading a Kings of Leon member, Jared Followill, was collaborating with Mona's lead singer on a side project, Smoke and Jakal.
Heavy white smoke came from these burning hay bales at the Kountry Junction store south of Danville.
Smoked beer barbecue sauce .
How do you have a cigar-smoking fundraiser in a city where you're not allowed to smoke.
If you smoke an electronic cigarette in a public place where there is a smoking ban, are you in violation of the ban.
The Northeast Wisconsin Smoke Alarm Program is on a mission to install more than 2,000 free smoke alarms in homes that need them.
"If mom's been smoking a pack a day, that baby is born as if it's been smoking a pack a day for nine months," Brzezinski said.
They have disappeared in lumber and smoke, mostly smoke, and the government got not one cent for them.
Previously, smoking and non-smoking sections were a commonality.
Cigarette smoking is already banned in many public places, including bars and restaurants — but if New Zealand has its way, it won't be long before no one there smokes at all.

In science:

Namely, it looks as if we found the smoking gun we sought after.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Consequently, suppression of charmonia (compared to their production in the absence of QGP) was proposed as a “smoking gun” signature for plasma formation in nuclear collisions at high energy.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
While the monochromatic line offers a smoking-gun signature for the dark matter, an observable flux is generally only expected in the direction of the galactic center where the dark matter density peaks.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
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
The welcome news about ICARUS indicates that this very important experiment, which will have a unique “smoking-gun” mode of detection of solar neutrinos (gamma rays accompanying neutrino-produced electrons), will proceed as planned.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
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
Verifying these two predictions of inflation, while important, will not provide a “smoking gun.” The tensor perturbations are a unique feature of inflation.
Inflation: From Theory to Observation and Back
We simulate “smoke” streamers to visualize the flow.
Crystalline Computation
The white streamers are actually a second gas (more bits per site!), inserted into the hydrodynamic gas as a kind of smoke used to visualize flows in this CA wind tunnel.
Crystalline Computation
For example, the “smoke” in Figure 1.13 has a weak cohesive force of this kind, which makes the smoke streams thinner.
Crystalline Computation
For example, the sight of smoke evokes the idea of fire.
Does Meaning Evolve?