[ plee-nuhm, plen-uhm ]
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noun,plural ple·nums, ple·na [plee-nuh, plen-uh]. /ˈpli nə, ˈplɛn ə/.
  1. the state or a space in which a gas, usually air, is contained at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure.

  2. a full assembly, as a joint legislative assembly.

  1. a space, usually above a ceiling or below a floor, that can serve as a receiving chamber for air that has been heated or cooled to be distributed to inhabited areas.

  2. the whole of space regarded as being filled with matter (opposed to vacuum).

Origin of plenum

1670–80; <Latin, neuter of plēnusfull1, in the phrase plēnum (spatium) full (space)

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British Dictionary definitions for plenum


/ (ˈpliːnəm) /

nounplural -nums or -na (-nə)
  1. an enclosure containing gas at a higher pressure than the surrounding environment

  2. a fully attended meeting or assembly, esp of a legislative body

  1. (esp in the philosophy of the Stoics) space regarded as filled with matter: Compare vacuum (def. 1)

  2. the condition or quality of being full

Origin of plenum

C17: from Latin: space filled by matter, from plēnus full

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