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Meaning of FUME

Pronunciation:  fyoom

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
  2. [v]  be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
  3. [v]  be mad, angry, or furious
  4. [v]  treat with fumes, expose to fumes, esp. with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests
  5. [v]  emit fumes
 

FUME is a 4 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: fumigate, reek, smoke, smoke
 
 See Also: aerosol, emit, experience, exudate, exude, feel, give off, give out, gun smoke, ooze, ooze out, process, smother, transude, treat

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Fume\ (f[=u]m), n. [L. fumus; akin to Skr. dh[=u]ma smoke,
    dh[=u] to shake, fan a flame, cf. Gr. qy`ein to sacrifice,
    storm, rage, qy`mon, qy`mos, thyme, and perh. to E. dust: cf.
    OF. fum smoke, F. fum['e]e. Cf. {Dust}, n., {Femerell},
    {Thyme}.]
    1. Exhalation; volatile matter (esp. noxious vapor or smoke)
       ascending in a dense body; smoke; vapor; reek; as, the
       fumes of tobacco.
    
             The fumes of new shorn hay.           --T. Warton.
    
             The fumes of undigested wine.         --Dryden.
    
    2. Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of
       self-control; as, the fumes of passion. --South.
    
    3. Anything vaporlike, unsubstantial, or airy; idle conceit;
       vain imagination.
    
             A show of fumes and fancies.          --Bacon.
    
    4. The incense of praise; inordinate flattery.
    
             To smother him with fumes and eulogies. --Burton.
    
    {In a fume}, in ill temper, esp. from impatience.
    
    
  2. \Fume\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fumed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Fuming}.] [Cf. F. fumer, L. fumare to smoke. See {Fume}, n.]
    1. To smoke; to throw off fumes, as in combustion or chemical
       action; to rise up, as vapor.
    
             Where the golden altar fumed.         --Milton.
    
             Silenus lay, Whose constant cups lay fuming to his
             brain.                                --Roscommon.
    
    2. To be as in a mist; to be dulled and stupefied.
    
             Keep his brain fuming.                --Shak.
    
    3. To pass off in fumes or vapors.
    
             Their parts pre kept from fuming away by their
             fixity.                               --Cheyne.
    
    4. To be in a rage; to be hot with anger.
    
             He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
             While her mother did fret, and her father did fume.
                                                   --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    {To tame away}, to give way to excitement and displeasure; to
       storm; also, to pass off in fumes.
    
    
  3. \Fume\, v. t.
    1. To expose to the action of fumes; to treat with vapors,
       smoke, etc.; as, to bleach straw by fuming it with
       sulphur; to fill with fumes, vapors, odors, etc., as a
       room.
    
             She fumed the temple with an odorous flame.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    2. To praise inordinately; to flatter.
    
             They demi-deify and fume him so.      --Cowper.
    
    3. To throw off in vapor, or as in the form of vapor.
    
             The heat will fume away most of the scent.
                                                   --Montimer.
    
             How vicious hearts fume frenzy to the brain!
                                                   --Young.
    
    
  4. \Fume\, n. (Metal.)
    Solid material deposited by condensation of fumes; as, lead
    fume (a grayish powder chiefly lead sulphate).
    
    
 
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