smokejack

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

smoke +‎ jack

Noun[edit]

smokejack (plural smokejacks)

  1. A device for turning a spit by means of a fly or wheel moved by the current of ascending air in a chimney.
    • 1871 Thomas Hardy "Desperate Remedies"
      Minute recurrent sounds prevailed -- the click of the smoke-jack, the flap of the flames, and the light touches of the women's slippers upon the floor.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • smoke-jack