Definition for CHIM'NEY

CHIM'NEY, n. [plur. Chimneys. Fr. cheminée; Arm. ciminal, or cheminal; G. kamin; Corn. chimbla; Ir. simileur; Sp. chimenea; It. cammino; L. caminus; Ch. קםין; Ar. قَمِينٌ kaminon; Gr. καμινος; Russ. kamin. It seems originally to have been a furnace, a stove, or a hearth.]

  1. In architecture, a body of brick or stone, erected in building, containing a funnel or funnels, to convey smoke, and other volatile matter through the roof, from the hearth or fire-place, where fuel is burnt. This body of materials is sometimes called a stack of chimneys, especially when it contains two or more funnels, or passages.
  2. A fire-place; the lower part of the body of brick or stone which confines and conveys smoke.

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