Definition of smokestack in US English:



  • 1A chimney or funnel for discharging smoke from a locomotive, ship, factory, etc. and helping to induce a draft.

    • ‘Jutting from the murky orange sunset behind them, the cathedral's three steeples, flanked by the cupola of the old colonial garrison and the little dome of the city hall, tower over the masts and the smokestacks of ships at anchor.’
    • ‘Instead of viaducts and smokestacks, the dockside arts complex that bears his name is built with shards of sunlight and steel.’
    • ‘After 1953, the only signs of life at the Clarkdale smelter were the demolitionists responsible for toppling the two smokestacks dominating the local skyline in the 1960s.’
    • ‘Though it could pull one car, smoke from the diminutive machine drifted through the car, choking out the passengers until an extra-tall smokestack was applied.’
    • ‘He changed power-plant rules affecting emissions, a move favored by industry, and has balked at forcing big ships to clean their smokestack pollutants.’
    1. 1.1US as modifier Pertaining to heavy industry.
      ‘America's smokestack cities and blue-collar suburbs’
      • ‘The prevailing winds are from the west, thus the location of a city's smokestack industry is downwind.’
      • ‘As manufacturing has moved offshore, shipping as a quintessential smokestack industry has followed that same path.’
      • ‘The tech industries have some organizing problems and challenges not shared with rustbelt, smokestack America.’
      • ‘In both cases, nuclear generation's lack of smokestack emissions was cited as one reason, along with economic advantages, for the comeback of atomic power.’
      • ‘Nyofco currently operates under Title V of the Clean Air Act, which requires it to self-monitor and submit the results of smokestack tests to the city and local community board every six years.’