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English definition of “smoke”

smoke

noun uk   /sməʊk/ us    /smoʊk/

smoke noun (GREY GAS)

B1 [U] the grey, black, or white mixture of gas and very small pieces of carbon that is produced when something burns: cigarette smoke a tiny smoke-filled pub The fire produced a pall (= large mass) of smoke visible 20 miles away. Plumes of smoke billowed from the chimney. She leaned back thoughtfully and blew a puff of (= a small amount of) smoke into the air. go up in smoke to be destroyed by burning: Because of the fire, hundreds of houses went up in smoke. Something that goes up in smoke fails to produce the result that was wanted: When the business went bankrupt, 20 years of hard work went up in smoke.

smoke noun (CIGARETTE)

[S] the act of smoking a cigarette: I really enjoy a smoke at the end of a meal. [C] informal a cigarette: Would you buy me some smokes while you're out?

smoke noun (CITY)

the (big) smoke UK and Australian English informal any large city, especially London, Sydney, or Melbourne: He was a young lad of 16 when he first came to the big smoke.

smoke

verb uk   /sməʊk/ us    /smoʊk/

smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

A1 [I or T] to breathe smoke into the mouth and usually lungs from a cigarette, pipe, etc.: Do you mind if I smoke? I used to smoke a packet (US pack) of cigarettes a day.

smoke verb (GREY GAS)

[I] to produce smoke as a result of industrial activity or of something such as an electrical fault: The skyline is dominated by smoking factory chimneys. Suddenly the TV went blank and started smoking.

smoke verb (PRESERVE)

[T] to preserve meat, fish, or cheese using smoke from burning wood: People in Egypt were salting, drying, and smoking fish and meat 6,000 years ago. She had champagne and smoked salmon sandwiches at her birthday party.
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(Definition of smoke from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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