Definition of smokebox in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsmōkbäks/


1A device for catching or producing and containing smoke, in particular.
1.1An oven for smoking food.
1.2The chamber in a steam engine or boiler between the flues and the funnel or chimney stack.
Example sentences
  • On 610-614 the combustion chamber ahead of the smokebox was made a foot longer; the tubes and flues, thus reduced a foot in length, were, at 20 feet long, precisely the length needed for best absorption of heat.
  • Operation probably isn't possible without a whole new boiler, and the holey smokebox will need heavy patching even if it doesn't get one.
  • Slipping at starting was rare, however, due to a very careful design of regulator valve in the smokebox; very small adjustments could be achieved, and any slip could be quickly checked.
1.3 another term for smoker (sense 4).
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