Smoke vs Mirrors - What's the difference?

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As a proper noun smoke

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As a noun mirrors is


As a verb mirrors is


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(wikipedia smoke)

Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


  • (uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.}}
  • (colloquial, countable) A cigarette.
  • (colloquial, countable, never plural) An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.
  • * 1884 , (Mark Twain), (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Chapter VII:
  • I lit a pipe and had a good long smoke , and went on watching.
  • (uncountable, figuratively) A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result.
  • (uncountable, figuratively) Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors .
  • (uncountable) A light grey colour/color tinted with blue.
  • (military, uncountable) A particulate of solid or liquid particles dispersed into the air on the battlefield to degrade enemy ground or for aerial observation. Smoke has many uses--screening smoke, signaling smoke, smoke curtain, smoke haze, and smoke deception. Thus it is an artificial aerosol.
  • (baseball, slang) A fastball.
  • Synonyms

    * (cigarette) cig, ciggy, cancer stick, fag (qualifier)

    Derived terms

    * Big Smoke * holy smoke * no smoke without fire * secondhand smoke/second-hand smoke * sidestream smoke * smoke alarm * smoke and mirrors * smoke bomb * smokebox * smoke detector * smoke-dried * smoke eater * smoke-filled room * smoke-free zone * smokeho * smokehouse * smokejack * smoke jumper, smokejumper * smokeless * smoke ring * smokescreen/smoke screen/smoke-screen * smoke signal * smokestack * smoke tree * smoke wagon * Smokey the Bear * throwing smoke


  • To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=He used to drop into my chambers once in a while to smoke , and was first-rate company. When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.}}
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=To Edward
  • To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke regularly or habitually.
  • To give off smoke.
  • * Milton
  • Hard by a cottage chimney smokes .
  • To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke.
  • (slang) To perform ( music) energetically or skillfully. Almost always in present participle form.
  • (US, slang) To kill, especially with a gun.
  • (NZ, slang) To beat someone at something.
  • (obsolete) To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
  • * (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  • Smoking the temple.
  • (obsolete) To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
  • * Chapman
  • I alone / Smoked his true person, talked with him.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.
  • * Addison
  • Upon that I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.
  • (slang, obsolete, transitive) To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
  • To burn; to be kindled; to rage.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxix. 20
  • The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man.
  • To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
  • * Dryden
  • Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field.
  • To suffer severely; to be punished.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
    (Webster 1913)

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the verb "smoke") * chain-smoke * smoker * smoke out * smoking


  • Of the colour known as smoke.
  • Made of or with smoke.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=(Edwin Black)
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=1 citation , passage=If successful, Edison and Ford—in 1914—would move society away from the

    See also

    * bogue * cigar * cigarette * hypercapnia * reek * pipe * smudge pot * tobacco * typhus *




  • Verb

  • (mirror)