What does plume mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plume(noun)

    anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness

    "a plume of smoke"; "grass with large plumes"

  2. plume(noun)

    a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament

  3. feather, plume, plumage(verb)

    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

  4. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hook(verb)

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  5. pride, plume, congratulate(verb)

    be proud of

    "He prides himself on making it into law school"

  6. plume(verb)

    deck with a plume

    "a plumed helmet"

  7. preen, plume(verb)

    clean with one's bill

    "The birds preened"

  8. plume(verb)

    form a plume

    "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"

  9. preen, primp, plume, dress(verb)

    dress or groom with elaborate care

    "She likes to dress when going to the opera"


  1. plume(Noun)

    A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  2. plume(Noun)

    The furry tail of certain dog breeds that stand erect or curl over their backs (eg Samoyed, Malteagle)

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  3. plume(Noun)

    A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  4. plume(Noun)

    An upward spray of water or mist.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  5. plume(Noun)

    An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  6. plume(Noun)

    An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  7. plume(Verb)

    To preen and arrange feathers.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  8. plume(Verb)

    To congratulate oneself proudly.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  9. plume(Verb)

    To form a plume

    Smoke plumed from his pipe then slowly settled towards the floor.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  10. plume(Verb)

    To write; to pen.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plume

    a feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  2. Plume

    an ornamental tuft of feathers

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  3. Plume

    a feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling feathers

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  4. Plume

    a token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  5. Plume

    a large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  6. Plume(verb)

    to pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  7. Plume(verb)

    to strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  8. Plume(verb)

    to adorn with feathers or plumes

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

  9. Plume(verb)

    to pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he plumes himself on his skill

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plume

    plōōm, n. a feather: a tuft of feathers: a feather worn as an ornament: a crest: a token of honour: a prize in a contest.—v.t. to dress the feathers of, as a bird: to adorn with plumes: to strip of feathers: to boast (used reflexively).—ns. Plumassier (plōō-ma-sēr′), one who prepares or deals in plumes; Plume′-bird, a term sometimes given to the Epimachidæ or long-tailed birds-of-Paradise.—adjs. Plumed, adorned with feathers; Plume′less.—n. Plume′let, a down-feather, a plumule: anything resembling a small plume.—adj. Plume′-plucked, stripped of plumes: (Shak.) humbled.—n. Plum′ery, a display of plumes.—adjs. Plumig′erous, plumaged; Plu′miped, having feathered feet.—n. Plu′mist, a feather-dresser.—adjs. Plu′mose, Plu′mous, feathery: plume-like; Plu′my, covered or adorned with plumes. [O. Fr.,—L. pluma, a small soft feather.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. plume

    A large and handsome feather worn as an ornament on a helmet, on a military hat, and the like.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plume in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of plume in a Sentence

  1. Village President Karen Darch:

    It is a huge danger, if they breach, if there's a derailment in the heart of my town and there's a breach of tank cars, there can be a plume of flame high into the sky.

  2. Missouri State Trooper Jim Thuss:

    It instantly didn't look good, there was a big plume of smoke, and then (another) big plume of smoke came from the Honda. I could see the fireball.

  3. Jim Mura:

    We continue to see dead and dying fish, people using the Kentucky River in the area of the plume will see dead fish and may smell them.

  4. Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando:

    We understand and commiserate with our community and visitors about the prolonged closure, but we can not provide safe access to the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii section of the park as long as these very unpredictable dangers threaten the safety of park staff and visitors, unlike lava, which you can see coming and avoid, we can not see or predict earthquakes, nor can we foresee a summit explosion, but both threats continue. HAWAII'S KIM VOWS TO REBUILD FROM VOLCANO WITH HELP OF FEMA, AS SCIENTISTS SAY THE WORST IS YET TO COME Damage to Jaggar Museum overlook following 5.5 magnitude earthquake on June 3, 2018. ( NPS Photo) The summit area in particular has been also struck by several earthquakes that have damaged at least three park buildings, fractured park roads, and snapped water lines, according to the National Park Service. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake rattled the summit area at 3:50 p.m. on June 3, cracking the overlook deck at Jaggar Museum. Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii RANKED AMONG TOP 10 MOST DANGEROUS IN US A large plume of ash after an earthquake near the summit of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii volcano on May 25, 2018. ( NPS Photo) Over the weekend, the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported more than 500 earthquakes in a 24-hour period – the most ever measured by HVO scientists.

  5. Daniel Cohan:

    We were fortunate there were good winds and vertical mixing that allowed the plume to rise and disperse more readily.

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Translations for plume

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  • شاه پرPersian
  • kiehkura, pörröhäntä, sukia, suihku, pluumi, kynäillä, töyhtö, rehvastella, tupruta, sulka, höyhenFinnish
  • nuage de fumée, plume, plumeauFrench
  • פלומהHebrew
  • piumaItalian
  • ფრთაGeorgian
  • testans pluma commentumLatin
  • пердув, пе́роMacedonian
  • plumeau, rookwolk, pluim, veer, veder, stoffer, stofwolkDutch
  • pămătuf (de pene), fulg, mănunchi de pene, panăRomanian
  • плюма́ж, султа́н, [[чи́стить]] [[пёрышко, перо́, хвали́тьсяRussian
  • perjeSerbo-Croatian
  • plümäd, lehätaplümäd, plümVolapük

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