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[chim-nee] /ˈtʃɪm ni/

noun, plural chimneys.
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 which a draft is created.
the part of such a structure that rises above a roof.
Now Rare. the smokestack or funnel of a locomotive, steamship, etc.
a tube, usually of glass, surrounding the flame of a lamp to promote combustion and keep the flame steady.

Mining. a nearly vertical cylindrical oreshoot.
British Dialect. .
verb (used with object), chimneyed, chimneying.
Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend (a chimney) by repeated bracing of one’s feet or back and feet against opposite walls.
verb (used without object), chimneyed, chimneying.
Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend a chimney.
a vertical structure of brick, masonry, or steel that carries smoke or steam away from a fire, engine, etc
another name for flue1 (sense 1)
short for chimney stack
an open-ended glass tube fitting around the flame of an oil or gas lamp in order to exclude draughts
(Brit) a fireplace, esp an old and large one

(mountaineering) a vertical fissure large enough for a person’s body to enter
anything resembling a chimney in shape or function

late 13c., “furnace;” early 14c., “chimney stack of a fireplace;” late 14c., “fireplace in a residential space;” from Old French cheminee “fireplace; room with a fireplace; hearth; chimney stack” (12c., Modern French cheminée), from Late Latin (camera) caminata “fireplace; room with a fireplace,” from Latin caminatus, adjective of caminus “furnace, forge; hearth, oven; flue,” from Greek kaminos “furnace, oven, brick kiln.” Jamieson [1808] notes that in vulgar use in Scotland it always is pronounced “chimley.” Chimney sweep attested from 1610s, earlier chimney sweeper (c.1500).


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