- a feather.
- a large, long, or conspicuous feather: the brilliant plume of a peacock.
- a soft, fluffy feather: the plume of an egret.
- any plumose part or formation.
- a feather, a tuft of feathers, or some substitute, worn as an ornament, as on a hat, helmet, etc.
- a feather or featherlike token of honor or distinction, especially one worn on a helmet.
- a vertically or longitudinally moving, rising, or expanding fluid body, as of smoke or water.
- a visible pattern of smoke resulting from emissions from a stack, flue, or chimney.
- Also called mantle plume. Geology. a deep-seated upwelling of magma within the earth's mantle.Compare diapir.
- to furnish, cover, or adorn with plumes or feathers.
- (of a bird) to preen (itself or its feathers).
- to feel complacent satisfaction with (oneself); pride (oneself) (often followed by on or upon): She sat before the mirror, pluming herself upon her beauty.
Origin of plume
Examples from the Web for plume
Borgman has escaped through a tunnel, leaving a plume of smoke in his wake.The Twisted Sadism of ‘Borgman’
June 28, 2014
Reprinted with the permission of Plume, a member of the Penguin Group.Rick Moody: Why I Write
February 1, 2013
As ocean currents head eastward across the Pacific, the plume is expected eventually to hit the West Coast of the United States.
Follow the path as the plume spreads and the ultimate destination becomes clear.
A plume of black smoke rises to the sky as the masked assassins speed away.Who's Killing Iran's Scientists?
November 30, 2010
We are ashamed to own we are jealous, and yet we plume ourselves in having been and being able to be so.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
She had not a sail aloft nor a plume of smoke in her funnel.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
And you, Hermogenes, on what do you plume yourself most highly?The Symposium
He wears a plume on his head, and does nothing but dance in the sunshine.
In fighting jacket and plume Jeb Stuart came into the light.The Long Roll
- a feather, esp one that is large or ornamental
- a feather or cluster of feathers worn esp formerly as a badge or ornament in a headband, hat, etc
- biology any feathery part, such as the structure on certain fruits and seeds that aids dispersal by wind
- something that resembles a plumea plume of smoke
- a token or decoration of honour; prize
- geology a rising column of hot, low viscosity material within the earth's mantle, which is believed to be responsible for linear oceanic island chains and flood basaltsAlso called: mantle plume
- to adorn or decorate with feathers or plumes
- (of a bird) to clean or preen (itself or its feathers)
- (foll by on or upon) to pride or congratulate (oneself)
Word Origin and History for plume
late 14c., "a feather" (especially a large and conspicuous one), from Old French plume "soft feather, down; feather bed," and directly from Latin pluma "a feather, down; the first beard," from PIE root *pleus- "to pluck; a feather, fleece" (cf. Old English fleos "fleece"). Meaning "a long streamer of smoke, etc." is first attested 1878.
late 14c., "to pluck, strip," from plume (n.). From mid-15c. as "to adorn with plumes." Meaning "to dress the feathers" is from 1702. Related: Plumed; pluming.
- A feather, especially a large one.
- A body of magma that rises from the Earth's mantle into the crust.♦ If a plume rises to the Earth's surface, it erupts as lava. ♦ If it remains below the Earth's surface, it eventually solidifies into a body of rock known as a pluton.
- An area in air, water, soil, or rock containing pollutants released from a single source. A plume often spreads in the environment due to the action of wind, currents, or gravity.