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Topic: BUILDINGS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: cheminée, from Late Latin caminata, from Latin caminus 'fireplace', from Greek kaminos

chimney

noun
     
chimney
chim‧ney [countable]
1TBB a vertical pipe that allows smoke from a fire to pass out of a building up into the air, or the part of this pipe that is above the roof:
We can't light a fire because the chimney hasn't been swept.
2 a tall vertical structure containing a chimney [↪ smokestack]:
a factory chimney
3 technicalSG a narrow opening in tall rocks or cliffs that you can climb up
4

smoke like a chimney

if someone smokes like a chimney, they smoke a lot of cigarettes or tobacco - used humorously
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