smokes out


the visible vapor and gases given off by a burning or smoldering substance, especially the gray, brown, or blackish mixture of gases and suspended carbon particles resulting from the combustion of wood, peat, coal, or other organic matter.
something resembling this, as vapor or mist, flying particles, etc.
something unsubstantial, evanescent, or without result: Their hopes and dreams proved to be smoke.
an obscuring condition: the smoke of controversy.
an act or spell of smoking something, especially tobacco: They had a smoke during the intermission.
something for smoking, as a cigar or cigarette: This is the best smoke on the market.
Slang. marijuana.
Slang. a homemade drink consisting of denatured alcohol and water.
Physics, Chemistry. a system of solid particles suspended in a gaseous medium.
a bluish or brownish gray color.
verb (used without object), smoked, smoking.
to give off or emit smoke, as in burning.
to give out smoke offensively or improperly, as a stove.
to send forth steam or vapor, dust, or the like.
to draw into the mouth and puff out the smoke of tobacco or the like, as from a pipe or cigarette.
Slang. to ride or travel with great speed.
to flee.
to abscond.
verb (used with object), smoked, smoking.
to draw into the mouth and puff out the smoke of: to smoke tobacco.
to use (a pipe, cigarette, etc.) in this process.
to expose to smoke.
to fumigate (rooms, furniture, etc.).
to cure (meat, fish, etc.) by exposure to smoke.
to color or darken by smoke.
Verb phrases
smoke out,
to drive from a refuge by means of smoke.
to force into public view or knowledge; reveal: to smoke out the leaders of the spy ring.
go up/endin smoke, to terminate without producing a result; be unsuccessful: All our dreams went up in smoke.

before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English smoca; (v.) Middle English smoken, Old English smocian

smokelike, adjective
antismoke, adjective, noun
unsmoked, adjective
unsmoking, adjective Unabridged
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smoke (sməʊk)
1.  the product of combustion, consisting of fine particles of carbon carried by hot gases and air
2.  any cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
3.  a.  the act of smoking tobacco or other substances, esp in a pipe or as a cigarette or cigar
 b.  the duration of smoking such substances
4.  informal
 a.  a cigarette or cigar
 b.  a substance for smoking, such as pipe tobacco or marijuana
5.  something with no concrete or lasting substance: everything turned to smoke
6.  a thing or condition that obscures
7.  any of various colours similar to that of smoke, esp a dark grey with a bluish, yellowish, or greenish tinge
8.  go up in smoke, end up in smoke
 a.  to come to nothing
 b.  to burn up vigorously
 c.  to flare up in anger
9.  (intr) to emit smoke or the like, sometimes excessively or in the wrong place
10.  a.  to draw in on (a burning cigarette, etc) and exhale the smoke
 b.  to use tobacco for smoking
11.  slang (intr) to use marijuana for smoking
12.  (tr) to bring (oneself) into a specified state by smoking
13.  (tr) to subject or expose to smoke
14.  (tr) to cure (meat, fish, cheese, etc) by treating with smoke
15.  (tr) to fumigate or purify the air of (rooms, etc)
16.  (tr) to darken (glass, etc) by exposure to smoke
17.  slang (intr) to move, drive, ride, etc, very fast
18.  obsolete (tr) to tease or mock
19.  archaic (tr) to suspect or detect
[Old English smoca (n); related to Middle Dutch smieken to emit smoke]

Smoke (sməʊk)
the Smoke short for Big Smoke

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. smoca, related to smeocan "give off smoke," from P.Gmc. *smeukanan (cf. M.Du. smooc, Du. smook, M.H.G. smouch, Ger. Schmauch), from PIE base *smeug(h)- "to smoke" (cf. Arm. mux "smoke," Gk. smykhein "to burn with smoldering flame," O.Ir. much, Welsh mwg "smoke"). Smokestack is from 1862; smoke-eater
"firefighter" is c.1930. Phrase go up in smoke "be destroyed" is from 1933. smoke alarm first attested 1936.

O.E. smocian "to produce smoke," see smoke (n.). Meaning "to drive out or away or into the open by means of smoke" is attested from 1593. Meaning "to cure (bacon, fish, etc.) by exposure to smoke" is first attested 1599. In connection with tobacco, the verb is first recorded
1604 in James I's "Counterblast to Tobacco." Smoking gun in figurative sense of "incontestable evidence" is from 1974.

"cigarette," slang, 1882, from smoke (n.1). Also "opium" (1884). Meaning "a spell of smoking tobacco" is recorded from 1835.
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Science Dictionary
smoke   (smōk)  Pronunciation Key 
A mixture of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other gases, usually containing particles of soot or other solids, produced by the burning of carbon-containing materials such as wood and coal.
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Slang Dictionary

smoke definition

  1. n.
    a tobacco cigarette; a pipe of tobacco; a cigar. : I think I'll have a smoke now.
  2. n.
    the act of smoking anything smokable, including drugs. : I need a smoke—of anything. , I'm going to stop here for a smoke.
  3. n.
    methyl alcohol; bad liquor; any liquor. : They call it smoke because when you mix it with water and shake it, it's cloudy.
  4. n.
    exaggeration; deception. (See also blow smoke; smoke and mirrors.) : If the smoke is too obvious, they'll just get suspicious.
  5. tv.
    to annihilate someone; to shoot someone. (Underworld.) : Rocko tried time and time again to smoke Marlowe, always without success.
  6. tv.
    to beat someone in a contest; to outrun, outdistance, or outplay someone. : Jill smoked Dave in the bicycle race.
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