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Related to plumes: Mantle plumes
a soft, fluffy feather: the plume of an egret; emissions from a stack, flue, or chimney: a plume of smoke
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1. A feather, especially a large and showy one.
2. A large feather, cluster of feathers, or similar ornament worn on a helmet, hat, or horse's harness.
3. A token of honor or achievement.
4. A mass or stream of material that resembles a long feather: a plume of smoke.
5. An area or section of air, water, or soil containing pollutants released from a point source.
6. Geology An upwelling of molten material from the earth's mantle.
v. plumed, plum·ing, plumes
1. To decorate, cover, or supply with a plume or plumes: "Her black velvet hat was plumed with a spray of violets" (Jim Rasenberger).
2. To smooth or clean (feathers) with the bill or beak; preen.
3. To congratulate (oneself) in a self-satisfied way: plumed himself on his victory.
To rise or emanate in a plume: Smoke plumed from the chimney.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin plūma.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. a feather, esp one that is large or ornamental
2. a feather or cluster of feathers worn esp formerly as a badge or ornament in a headband, hat, etc
3. (Biology) biology any feathery part, such as the structure on certain fruits and seeds that aids dispersal by wind
4. something that resembles a plume: a plume of smoke.
5. a token or decoration of honour; prize
6. (Geological Science) 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 basalts. Also called: mantle plume
7. to adorn or decorate with feathers or plumes
8. (Zoology) (of a bird) to clean or preen (itself or its feathers)
9. (foll by: on or upon) to pride or congratulate (oneself)
[C14: from Old French, from Latin plūma downy feather]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. plumed, plum•ing. n.
1. a large, long, or conspicuous feather.
2. any plumose part or formation.
3. a feather or tuft of feathers worn as an ornament, token of honor or distinction, etc.
5. a rising or expanding fluid body, as of smoke or water, with a plumose shape.v.t.
6. to adorn with plumes.
7. (of a bird) to preen (itself or its feathers).
8. to feel complacent satisfaction with (oneself); pride (oneself) (often fol. by on or upon).
[1350–1400; earlier plome, plume, Middle English plume < Middle French < Latin plūma soft feather]
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1. Zoology A feather, especially a large one.
2. Geology 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.
3. Ecology 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.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Plumeanything resembling a plume of feathers or a tuft of waving hair.
Examples: plume of distinction, 1848; of feathers, 1711; curling plumes of hair, 1870; of smoke, 1878; plumes of the woodland, 1859.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: plumed
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|Noun||1.||plume - anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness; "a plume of smoke"; "grass with large plumes"|
|2.||plume - a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament|
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
aigret, aigrette - a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
panache - a feathered plume on a helmet
|3.||plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds|
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
aftershaft - a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
contour feather - feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape
marabou - the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments
web, vane - the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
hackle - long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
scapular - a feather covering the shoulder of a bird
body covering - any covering for the body or a body part
ceratin, keratin - a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair, feathers, nails, and hooves
animal material - material derived from animals
melanin - insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers
|Verb||1.||plume - rip off; ask an unreasonable price|
extort, gouge, wring, rack, squeeze - obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
|2.||plume - be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school"|
|3.||plume - deck with a plume; "a plumed helmet"|
|4.||plume - clean with one's bill; "The birds preened"|
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
|5.||plume - form a plume; "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"|
|6.||plume - dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"|
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
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ريش، زينَة ريش
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
a plume of smoke → une colonne de fumée
[plant] → aigrette f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Feder f; (on helmet) → Federbusch m; plume of smoke → Rauchwolke f, → Rauchfahne f; a plume of water → eine Wasserfontäne; in borrowed plumes → mit fremden Federn geschmückt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
plume[pluːm] n → piuma, penna; (on hat, helmet) → penna, pennacchio
a plume of smoke → un pennacchio di fumo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a large decorative feather. She wore a plume in her hat. dos ريش، زينَة ريش перо pluma péro die Feder fjer διακοσμητκό φτερό, λοφίοpluma (ehis)sulg پر زینتی sulka plumeנוצה पर veliko ukrasno pero, perjanica toll bulu hiasan skrautfjöður piuma 羽飾り 깃털 plunksna (rotājoša) spalva; spalvu pušķis bulu pluimfjærpióro د زينت يا ښكلا لپاره پر يا بنكى اغوستل pluma pană перо pero pero ukrasno perje plym ขนนก tüy 裝飾用的大羽毛 перо شہ پر، کلغي chùm lông 装饰用的大羽毛
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