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"smoke" in British English

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smokenoun

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 room 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.

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  • 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.

smokeverb

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 of cigarettes a day.

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  • 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.
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(Definition of smoke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smoke" in American English

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smokenoun

us   /smoʊk/
  • smoke noun (CLOUDY AIR)

[U] a cloudy gray or black mixture of air and very small pieces of carbon produced by something that is burning: The building filled with smoke. Nobody died in the fire, but three people were treated for smoke inhalation.
  • smoke noun (ACT OF SMOKING)

[C] an act of smoking

smokeverb

us   /smoʊk/
  • smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

[I/T] to breathe smoke into the mouth or lungs from burning tobacco
  • smoke verb (PRESERVE)

[T] to preserve and add a smoky flavor to meat, fish, or cheese using smoke from burning wood: They smoke the fish over wood chips.
  • smoke verb (PRODUCE SMOKE)

[I] to produce or give off smoke: The oil in the frying pan started smoking.
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(Definition of smoke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “smoke”
in Korean 연기…
in Arabic دُخّان…
in Malaysian mengasapi…
in French fumer…
in Russian дым, курение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 灰色氣體, (燃燒所産生的)煙,煙霧…
in Italian fumo…
in Turkish duman, sigara içen…
in Polish dym, papieros, dymek…
in Spanish ahumar…
in Vietnamese hun khói…
in Portuguese fumaça…
in Thai รมควัน…
in German räuchern…
in Catalan fum…
in Japanese 煙…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灰色气体, (燃烧所产生的)烟,烟雾…
in Indonesian mengasapi…
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