chimney

\ \ [14] Greek kámīnos meant ‘furnace’ (it was related to kamárāvaulted room’, source of English camera and chamber). It was borrowed into Latin as camīnus, from which the adjective camīnātushaving a furnace, oven, etc’ was derived. By late Latin times this had become a noun, camīnāta, which passed into Old French as cheminee, and thence into English. The original meanings ‘fireplace’ and ‘stove’ persisted until the 19th century, but already in Old French the sense ‘flue’ had developed, which was finally to win out.
\ \ Cf.CAMERA, CHAMBER

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • Chimney — Chim ney, n.; pl. {Chimneys}. [F. chemin[ e]e, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. ? furnace, oven.] 1. A fireplace or hearth. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a building which contains the smoke flues; esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chimney — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. cheminee fire place (12c., Mod.Fr. cheminée), from L.L. (camera) caminata fireplace, room with a fireplace, from L. caminatus, adj. of caminus hearth, oven, flue, from Gk. kaminos furnace. Chimney sweep attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chimney — [n] smokestack for building chase, chimney pot, chimney stack, fireplace, flue, funnel, furnace, hearth, pipe, smokeshaft, stack, vent, ventilator; concept 440 …   New thesaurus

  • chimney — [chim′nē] n. pl. chimneys [ME chimene, a fireplace < OFr cheminée < LL caminata, fireplace < L caminus, furnace, flue < Gr kaminos, oven, fireplace; ult. < ? IE base * kam, to arch > CAMERA] 1. the passage through which smoke or …   English World dictionary

  • chimney — ► NOUN (pl. chimneys) 1) a vertical pipe which conducts smoke and gases up from a fire or furnace. 2) a glass tube protecting the flame of a lamp. 3) a very steep narrow cleft by which a rock face may be climbed. ORIGIN Old French cheminee, from… …   English terms dictionary

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  • chimney — chimneyless, adj. chimneylike, adj. /chim nee/, n., pl. chimneys, v., chimneyed, chimneying. n. 1. a structure, usually vertical, containing a passage or flue by which the smoke, gases, etc., of a fire or furnace are carried off and by means of… …   Universalium

  • chimney — n. (pl. eys) 1 a vertical channel conducting smoke or combustion gases etc. up and away from a fire, furnace, engine, etc. 2 the part of this which projects above a roof. 3 a glass tube protecting the flame of a lamp. 4 a narrow vertical crack in …   Useful english dictionary

  • chimney — chim|ney [ˈtʃımni] n ↑chimney, ↑gutter [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: cheminée, from Late Latin caminata, from Latin caminus fireplace , from Greek kaminos] 1.) a vertical pipe that allows smoke from a fire to pass out of a building up… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chimney — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ high, tall ▪ short ▪ narrow, wide ▪ tapering ▪ brick …   Collocations dictionary

  • chimney — n. 1) smoke goes up a chimney 2) smoke comes out of a chimney * * * [ tʃɪmnɪ] smoke comes out of a chimney smoke goes up a chimney …   Combinatory dictionary

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