plume

[ploom]
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noun

verb (used with object), plumed, plum·ing.


Origin of plume

1350–1400; earlier plome, plume, Middle English plume < Middle French < Latin plūma soft feather (> Old English plūm-, in plūmfether downy feather)
Related formsplume·less, adjectiveplume·like, adjectivere·plume, verb (used with object), re·plumed, re·plum·ing.
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Examples from the Web for pluming

Historical Examples of pluming

  • The smoke of the engine was not yet pluming along the horizon.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Mr Gould describes one he saw perched on a twig, pluming its feathers.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for pluming

plume

noun

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

verb (tr)

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)
Derived Formsplumeless, adjectiveplumelike, adjective

Word Origin for plume

C14: from Old French, from Latin plūma downy feather
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Word Origin and History for pluming

plume

n.

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.

plume

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pluming in Science

plume

[plōōm]

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.
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