4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fume \Fume\ (f[=u]m), noun [L. fumus; akin to Skr. dh[=u]ma smoke, dh[=u] to shake, fan a flame, cf. Gr. qy'ein to sacrifice, storm, rage, qy'mon, qy'mos, thyme, and perh. to E. dust: cf. OF. fum smoke, F. fum['e]e. Cf. {Dust}, noun, {Femerell}, {Thyme}.]

1. Exhalation; volatile matter (esp. noxious vapor or smoke) ascending in a dense body; smoke; vapor; reek; as, the fumes of tobacco.

The fumes of new shorn hay. --T. Warton.

The fumes of undigested wine. --Dryden.

2. Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of self-control; as, the fumes of passion. --South.

3. Anything vaporlike, unsubstantial, or airy; idle conceit; vain imagination.

A show of fumes and fancies. --Bacon.

4. The incense of praise; inordinate flattery.

To smother him with fumes and eulogies. --Burton.

5. (Metal.) Solid material deposited by condensation of fumes; as, lead fume (a grayish powder chiefly lead sulphate). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{In a fume}, in ill temper, esp. from impatience.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fume \Fume\, verb (used with an object)

1. To expose to the action of fumes; to treat with vapors, smoke, etc.; as, to bleach straw by fuming it with sulphur; to fill with fumes, vapors, odors, etc., as a room.

She fumed the temple with an odorous flame. --Dryden.

2. To praise inordinately; to flatter.

They demi-deify and fume him so. --Cowper.

3. To throw off in vapor, or as in the form of vapor.

The heat will fume away most of the scent. --Montimer.

How vicious hearts fume frenzy to the brain! --Young.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fume \Fume\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fumed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fuming}.] [Cf. F. fumer, L. fumare to smoke. See {Fume}, noun]

1. To smoke; to throw off fumes, as in combustion or chemical action; to rise up, as vapor.

Where the golden altar fumed. --Milton.

Silenus lay, Whose constant cups lay fuming to his brain. --Roscommon.

2. To be as in a mist; to be dulled and stupefied.

Keep his brain fuming. --Shak.

3. To pass off in fumes or vapors.

Their parts are kept from fuming away by their fixity. --Cheyne.

4. To be in a rage; to be hot with anger.

He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground. --Dryden.

While her mother did fret, and her father did fume. --Sir W. Scott.

{To fume away}, to give way to excitement and displeasure; to storm; also, to pass off in fumes.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas [syn: {smoke}, {fume}]


1: be mad, angry, or furious

2: emit a cloud of fine particles; "The chimney was fuming" [syn: {fume}, {smoke}]

3: treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests [syn: {fumigate}, {fume}]

4: be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face [syn: {reek}, {fume}]

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