Fume

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]:

fume

noun

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

verb

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}]


The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.

Say "Hell No!" to the TPP.


Monday, March 30, 2015 9:21:14 AM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

DEFINE.COM_Fume_2015-03-30_09-21-14_54-87-72-176