From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsmokesmoke1 /sməʊk $ smoʊk/ ●●● S1 W2 noun 1 [uncountable]DBURN white, grey, or black gas that is produced by something burning clouds of black smoke cigarette smoke Smoke from burning fields drifted across nearby roads. the pall of smoke (=thick cloud of smoke) that hung over the citywisp/puff of smoke (=a small amount of smoke) Rangers watched from their fire towers for any wisps of smoke.2 [countable usually singular]SMOKE an act of smoking a cigarette etc He went outside for a quiet smoke.3 → go up in smoke4 [countable] spokenDFTMDDSMOKE a cigarette or drugs that are smoked Where are the smokes, Jeff?5 → there’s no smoke without fire6 → when the smoke clears7 → the SmokeCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + smoke black/blue/white/grey smokeBlack smoke poured out of the engine.thick/dense smokeThick smoke spread through the building.acrid smoke (=smelling bad and making you cough)The shop was full of thick, acrid smoke.cigarette/cigar/tobacco smokeThe air was thick with cigarette smoke.wood smokeI love the scent of wood smoke.phrasesa cloud of smoke (=a large amount)He lit a cigarette and blew out a cloud of smoke.a billow of smoke (=a large amount of smoke from a fire)The green, fresh leaves will burn slowly, with billows of smoke.a pall of smoke (=a thick cloud of smoke hanging over something)A thick pall of smoke hung over Cape Town.a column/plume of smokeHe could see a thin black column of smoke rising vertically into the sky.a puff of smoke (=a small amount that comes quickly from something)There was a puff of white smoke from the man's gun.a wisp of smoke (=a thin amount of smoke)Only a few wisps of smoke rose here and there.verbssmoke risesSmoke was rising from the top of the tower.smoke billows (=large amounts come from a fire)She noticed smoke billowing out of one of the bedrooms.smoke driftsThe cigarette smoke drifted away on the breeze.smoke curlsSmoke curled from cooking fires next to a group of tents.smoke clears (=disappears)The kitchen door was still open, and inside the smoke was clearing.belch (out) smoke (=send out large amounts of smoke)The factories belch smoke.
Examples from the Corpussmoke• Maybe you could get a smoke off somebody at the bar.• White chimney smoke is the traditional signal that a new pope has been chosen.• The smell of cigarette smoke hung in the air.• We could see a cloud of smoke rising above the trees.• The room will very quickly be full of smoke.• If you smell smoke, hit the floor, and crawl to the nearest exit.• Suddenly she wondered if straight Lucy would mind the smoke?• Then we noticed the smoke everywhere.• The smoke drifted to and fro among us.• The sky took their smoke, the earth their ashes.wisp/puff of smoke• And yesterday the reaction from most was to blow a puff of smoke into the law's face.• A true old devil, Manson vanishes in a puff of smoke.• Breaths of flame and puffs of smoke leaping from the surrounding hillsides.• One wisp of smoke will not yearn for another.• There are no obvious signs of engine wear though a small puff of smoke exhausts following a warm start.• We aimed at the puffs of smoke we saw rising in front and on the left of us.• Now and again there was a tiny puff of smoke and the smack of a hand-grenade or a burst of machine-gun fire.• Below, almost straight ahead, white puffs of smoke opened up in the paddies just outside the village.smokesmoke2 ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]SMOKE to suck or breathe in smoke from a cigarette, pipe etc or to do this regularly as a habit I don’t smoke and I don’t drink much. Do you mind if I smoke? He sat on the grass smoking a cigarette. He admitted that he had smoked marijuana when he was a student.2 [intransitive]BURN if something smokes, it has smoke coming from it a smoking chimney3 [transitive]DFC to give fish or meat a special taste by hanging it in smoke → smoke somebody/something ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussmoke• Anyone who smokes 40 a day can expect to have a lot of health problems.• Do you smoke?• How old were you when you started smoking?• Sue never smoked a cigarette in her life, yet she still got lung cancer.• Greg sat alone, smoking a cigarette.• She walked back to the empty station and leaned against the wall, smoking a cigarette.• He sat behind his desk, smoking a fat cigar.• Dana started smoking again when her husband left her.• When you turned the machine on, the plastic started smoking and created an unpleasant odor.• He smokes cigarettes and speeds around on his motorbike with his friends.• She was smoking for twenty-five years.Origin smoke1 Old English smoca