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
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 Videos posted online showed gigantic fires sending up huge plumes of smoke. Washington Post, "Iran dismisses allegations it carried out crippling attack on Saudi oil facilities," 15 Sep. 2019 Videos posted online showed gigantic fires sending up huge plumes of smoke. Anchorage Daily News, "Iran denies carrying out crippling attacks on Saudi oil facilities," 15 Sep. 2019 Little is known about how big such plumes might be, but computer models suggest silt released in some parts of the ocean could drift 10 kilometers or more before settling back onto the sea floor, potentially smothering creatures living there. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 The blaze was less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Dodger Stadium, where fans at Sunday’s game could see a huge plume of smoke. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Officials lift evacuations amid LA-area brush fire," 26 Aug. 2019 The amazing image, which shows a huge plume of smoke rising up and surrounded by white clouds, was released by NASA Earth Observatory. Fox News, "Raikoke volcano seen erupting in incredible image from space," 25 June 2019 Authorities closed the majority of the park on May 11 over fears that an eruption from the Kilauea volcano could send a huge plume of steam, gas and ash soaring above the park and rain down car-size boulders up to a mile away. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Hawaii volcano has flung ash and rattled residents. Now it's taking a toll on the Big Island's economy.," 16 May 2018 The billowing black plumes of smoke from Abqaiq, which is near the Persian Gulf coast, in eastern Saudi Arabia, could be seen from space for hours. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "In Saudi Arabia, World Oil Supplies Are in Flames," 16 Sep. 2019 The smoke plume will impact central and eastern Goliad County, Victoria officials said in Facebook post. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Brush across three Texas counties has consumed 1,500 acres, officials say," 27 Aug. 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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24 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for plume

The first known use of plume was in the 14th century

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plume

noun
How to pronounce plume (audio)

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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