verb (used with object), fumed, fum·ing.
verb (used without object), fumed, fum·ing.
- fumaric acid,
- fume cupboard,
Origin of fume
Examples from the Web for fumes
To create that all-important alcohol content, the fumes are circulated out of the still into condensers.
Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The stench of the backed-up toilets combines with the fumes of garbage fermenting in the midday sun.
But inhale the fumes of Republican rhetoric more deeply, and a more mind-blowing reality comes into focus.
She thrives on being the center of attention and fumes when anyone else steals her thunder.
There was pure air round them, and they drew deep breaths of it into throats and lungs parched by the fumes of sulphurous smoke.The Northern Iron|George A. Birmingham
Copper Glance is distinguished by its color, fumes of sulphur, and globule of copper.
Even where he stood, Gordon could smell the fumes of ammonia.Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
One is the flames from the funnel, the other the fumes from the flannel.How to Solve Conundrums|Anonymous
As a result of breathing the fumes of the lead paint, Schroeder was incapacitated for work by acute lead poisoning.
Word Origin for fume
late 14c., from Old French fum "smoke, steam, vapor, breath," from Latin fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (source of Italian fumo, Spanish humo), from PIE *dheu- (cf. Sanskrit dhumah, Old Church Slavonic dymu, Lithuanian dumai, Old Prussian dumis "smoke," Middle Irish dumacha "fog," Greek thymos "spirit, mind, soul").
c.1400, "to fumigate," from Old French fumer, from Latin fumare "to smoke, steam," from fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (see fume (n.)). Figurative sense of "show anger" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Fumed; fumes; fuming.