What does plume mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plumenoun

    anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness

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

  2. plumenoun

    a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament

  3. feather, plume, plumageverb

    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

  4. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hookverb

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  5. pride, plume, congratulateverb

    be proud of

    "He prides himself on making it into law school"

  6. plumeverb

    deck with a plume

    "a plumed helmet"

  7. preen, plumeverb

    clean with one's bill

    "The birds preened"

  8. plumeverb

    form a plume

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

  9. preen, primp, plume, dressverb

    dress or groom with elaborate care

    "She likes to dress when going to the opera"


  1. plumenoun

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

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  2. plumenoun

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

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  3. plumenoun

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

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  4. plumenoun

    An upward spray of water or mist.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  5. plumenoun

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

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  6. plumenoun

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

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  7. plumeverb

    To preen and arrange feathers.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  8. plumeverb

    To congratulate oneself proudly.

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  9. plumeverb

    To form a plume

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

    Etymology: From pluma via plume

  10. plumeverb

    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. Plumeverb

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

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

  7. Plumeverb

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

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

  8. Plumeverb

    to adorn with feathers or plumes

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

  9. Plumeverb

    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. Danish Siddiqui:

    Photographs really helped highlight the plight (of Rohingya refugees), as a photojournalist you need to capture everything in one frame ... In that picture you can see the plume of smoke, the boat, the refugees ... All the elements were there to tell the story.

  2. Nic Loyd:

    That would have been powerful enough to lift a good-size dust plume.

  3. 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.

  4. Daniel Cohan:

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

  5. Michael Schade:

    We were getting status updates so we knew there were high acuity patients, very, very critical patients, but in the back of our mind we could see a massive plume of [ smoke ] coming from White Island, but as our experience sort of shows, we sort of remain very open-minded, because situations always evolve.

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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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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. affront
    • B. emanate
    • C. scarper
    • D. abide

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