- 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 pluming
The smoke of the engine was not yet pluming along the horizon.In a Little Town
Mr Gould describes one he saw perched on a twig, pluming its feathers.The Western World
I was just pluming myself on being so prompt, but I see the others are still more so.Flint
Maud Wilder Goodwin
Stand on the edge of your nest, pluming your wings for flight.The Words of Jesus
John R. Macduff
One felt that Nature was pluming herself after her long bath.The Pony Rider Boys in Louisiana
Frank Gee Patchin
- 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 pluming
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.