American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A feather, especially a large and showy one.
- n. A large feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament or symbol of rank, as on a helmet.
- n. A token of honor or achievement.
- n. A structure or form that is like a long feather: a plume of smoke.
- n. Ecology A space in air, water, or soil containing pollutants released from a point source.
- n. Geology An upwelling of molten material from the earth's mantle.
- v. To decorate, cover, or supply with or as if with plumes.
- v. To smooth (feathers); preen.
- v. To congratulate (oneself) in a self-satisfied way: plumed himself on his victory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A feather. Technically, a pluma or penna: distinguished from
plumule. See cut under Oreortyx.
- n. A tuft of feathers; a set or bunch of plumes worn as an ornament; an egret; plumery.
- n. Plumage.
- n. A token of honor; a prize won by contest.
- n. In botany, same as plumule, 3.
- n. In entomology: A hair with many fine branches, resembling a little soft feather; a plumate hair.
- n. A plume-moth.
- n. A plumose part or formation, as of the gill of a crustacean or a mollusk.
- To dress the plumage of, as a bird; preen.
- To strip off the plumage of, as a bird; pluck.
- To adorn with feathers or plumes; feather; set as a plume; hence, to decorate or adorn (the person) in any way.
- To pride; boast: used reflexively: as, to plume one's self on one's skill.
- n. A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.
- n. The furry tail of certain dog breeds that stand erect or curl over their backs (eg Samoyed, Malteagle)
- n. A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.
- n. An upward spray of water or mist.
- n. geology An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.
- n. astronomy An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.
- v. intransitive To preen and arrange feathers.
- v. intransitive To congratulate oneself proudly.
- v. To form a plume
- v. To write; to pen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather.
- n. (Zoöl.) An ornamental tuft of feathers.
- n. A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling feathers.
- n. A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward.
- n. (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses.
- v. To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink.
- v. obsolete To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel.
- v. To adorn with feathers or plumes.
- v. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively.
- v. be proud of
- v. clean with one's bill
- v. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
- v. dress or groom with elaborate care
- v. deck with a plume
- n. anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
- v. form a plume
- n. the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
- n. a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
- From Latin pluma ("feather") via Old French plume (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin plūma. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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