plume

noun
\ ˈplüm How to pronounce plume (audio) \

Definition of plume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a feather of a bird: such as
a : a large conspicuous or showy feather
c : plumage
d : a cluster of distinctive feathers
2a : material (such as a feather, cluster of feathers, or a tuft of hair) worn as an ornament
b : a token of honor or prowess : prize
3 : something resembling a feather (as in shape, appearance, or lightness): such as
a : a plumose appendage of a plant
b : an elongated and usually open and mobile column or band (as of smoke, exhaust gases, or blowing snow)
c : an animal structure having a main shaft bearing many hairs or filamentous parts especially : a full bushy tail
d : any of several columns of molten rock rising from the earth's lower mantle that are theorized to drive tectonic plate movement and to underlie hot spots

plume

verb
plumed; pluming

Definition of plume (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to provide or deck with feathers
b : to array showily
2 : to indulge (oneself) in pride with an obvious or vain display of self-satisfaction

3 of a bird

a : to preen and arrange the feathers of (itself)
b : to preen and arrange (feathers)

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Noun

P plume 2a

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of plume in a Sentence

Noun

a hat with bright ostrich plumes the Nobel Prize for Literature is the plume that all authors covet

Verb

that jerk plumes himself on his supposed athletic skills
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wildfires are burning across the state, and fires in Siberia have sent plumes of dark smoke into the Arctic, where soot particles can land on the ice and snow and speed up melting. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Lightning struck within 300 miles of the North Pole, Fairbanks meteorologists say," 10 Aug. 2019 The blast sent plumes of thick smoke into the sky, wrecked the police station and a nearby army recruitment center and shattered windows within a radius of about a mile. New York Times, "Violence in Afghanistan Worsens as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Plod On," 7 Aug. 2019 The fire triggered massive explosions that sent plumes of black smoke high into the skies. Washington Post, "12 injured, 1 missing in Russia’s military depot fire," 6 Aug. 2019 Videos posted by local residents showed powerful explosions sending plumes of black smoke high into the sky. Time, "Thousands Evacuated Following Huge Explosions at Russian Ammunition Depot," 5 Aug. 2019 Right after the explosion, the fire sent large plumes of black smoke into the sky. NBC News, "66 people receiving medical attention after ExxonMobil refinery explosion in Texas," 31 July 2019 Right after the explosion, the fire sent large plumes of black smoke into the sky. Juan A. Lozano, USA TODAY, "Explosion, fire injures 37 at Exxon Mobil refinery in Texas," 31 July 2019 Taps played as flames sent plumes of black smoke into the darkening sky. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "The patriotic story of 25,000 US flags that went out in a blaze of Old Glory," 2 July 2019 Huge plumes of smoke rose above the fire Thursday, and the National Weather Service tweeted satellite video that showed the drifting smoke visible from space. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Evacuations ordered as large brush fire burns on Maui," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Patrick still painted, filling the family home with idyllic landscapes: a single cabin in the mountains with smoke pluming from its chimney, or a lone figure in a canoe paddling through the wilderness. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 While the video describes that the engine fire test duration went as expected, fire continued to burn around the Starhopper until a massive fireball exploded around it a few minutes after pluming up high over the test area into the night sky. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Video shows SpaceX Starhopper engulfed in fireball during test," 15 July 2019 Ash plumes shooting thousands of feet into the sky from the summit have raised concerns about air quality. Heidi Chang, latimes.com, "Evacuations ordered in Hawaii as fast-moving lava threatens neighborhoods," 1 June 2018 Winds blew much of the 30,000-foot (9,100-meter) plume away from people. Fox News, "The Latest: No end in sight for Hawaii's erupting volcano," 18 May 2018 An early morning 18-wheeler crash Sunday (May 13) on eastbound Interstate 10 in St. Martin Parish has left lanes closed and smoke pluming into the air, according to Louisiana State Police. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "I-10 east closed in St. Martin Parish after 18-wheeler crash: State Police," 13 May 2018 This occurred when exhaust plumes from the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage depleted plasma levels across a 900-km wide area, which the scientists say probably caused about a 1-meter error in GPS navigation programs. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launch last year punched huge, temporary hole in the ionosphere," 22 Mar. 2018 Heavy black smoke plumed from the building by the time fire crews arrived. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Fryer sparks overnight fire at Houston tofu maker's warehouse," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of plume

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for plume

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pluma small soft feather — more at fleece

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plume

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plume

: a feather or group of feathers on a bird
: a decoration made of feathers or something similar
: something (such as smoke, steam, or water) that rises into the air in a tall, thin shape

plume

noun
\ ˈplüm How to pronounce plume (audio) \

Kids Definition of plume

1 : a large or showy feather of a bird
2 : an ornamental feather or tuft of feathers (as on a hat)
3 : something shaped like a large feather a plume of smoke

Other Words from plume

plumed \ ˈplümd \ adjective a plumed cap

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