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[smohk-stak] /ˈsmoʊkˌstæk/
Also called stack. a pipe for the escape of the smoke or gases of combustion, as on a steamboat, locomotive, or building.
pertaining to, engaged in, or dependent on a basic heavy industry, as steel or automaking:
smokestack companies.
Origin of smokestack
1855-60; smoke + stack Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Looking up at the tremendous smokestack hanging out over them as the ship listed even farther only added to the terror.
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  • Voyager scientists said the erupting volcano resembled a smokestack.
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  • Industrial facilities often discharge pollutants into the atmosphere, typically through some type of smokestack.
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  • The toy is a pink plastic train engine with blue wheels and smokestack.
British Dictionary definitions for smokestack


a tall chimney that conveys smoke into the air Sometimes shortened to stack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smokestack

also smoke-stack, 1833, from smoke (n.1) + stack (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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