verb (used with object), plumed, plum·ing.
- plumbous oxide,
- plume moth,
- plume oneself,
- plummer block
Origin of plume
Examples from the Web for plume
Borgman has escaped through a tunnel, leaving a plume of smoke in his wake.
Reprinted with the permission of Plume, a member of the Penguin Group.
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.
The plume spread over 16 miles, suffocating many living things in its wake.
He had crowned himself with the basin, and pulled his hair through it in the shape of a plume.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City|S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
Plume de coq, that they reckoned at thirty-five, was beaten by Basilicate by two lengths.Rene Mauperin|Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
The door slammed, and Mr. Driscoll puffed down the stairs leaving behind him a trail of language like a locomotive's plume.The Walking Delegate|Leroy Scott
"I shall have to run down to Sandy again," said Byrne, to Plume.An Apache Princess|Charles King
Soldiers, if my standard falls, look for the plume upon your king's helmet!The Last Of The Barons, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Word Origin 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.