from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
- intransitive v. To employ smoke or fumes in order to exterminate or disinfect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To disinfect, purify, or rid of vermin with the fumes of certain chemicals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To apply smoke to; to expose to smoke or vapor; to purify, or free from infection, by the use of smoke or vapors.
- transitive v. To smoke; to perfume.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To apply smoke to; expose to the action of smoke.
- Specifically To expose to the action of fumes (as of sulphur), as in disinfecting apartments, clothing, etc.
- To perfume.
- To darken the color of (wood) in imitation of the effect of age and smoke. The process is also known as fuming.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests
Latin fūmigāre, fūmigāt-, to smoke : fūmus, smoke + agere, to drive, make; see ag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fūmus "smoke" (Wiktionary)