A chimney is the long, vertical, tunnel-like opening above a fireplace that provides a safe pathway for smoke — and the occasional Santa. It is also the name of the curvy glass flue in a hurricane lamp.

Ever since the use of fire indoors, it has been important to build a chimney to allow the smoke to escape. The word chimney comes ultimately from the Greek kaminos, "furnace," and in 13th-century Old French it became the more familiar looking cheminee, "fire place." As chimney fires became a serious problem, the chimney sweep became an important person, cleaning the soot from chimneys. Oh, and dancing on the rooftops. (Or not.)

Definitions of chimney

n a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building

smokestack, stack
a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated
chimney consisting of a metal pipe of large diameter that is used to connect a stove to a flue
(nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)
Type of:
a conduit to carry off smoke

n a glass flue surrounding the wick of an oil lamp

lamp chimney
Type of:
a conduit to carry off smoke

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