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  • adj. Smoky, vaporous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Smoky; vaporous.


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  • First below the circular motion comes the warm and dry element, which we call fire, for there is no word fully adequate to every state of the fumid evaporation: but we must use this terminology since this element is the most inflammable of all bodies.


  • Aqueous exhalation is merely a form of moisture, but fumid exhalation is, as already remarked, composed of Air and Earth.

    On Sense and the Sensible

  • All writers incline to refer odour to this cause [sc. exhalation of some sort], but some regard it as aqueous, others as fumid, exhalation; while others, again, hold it to be either.

    On Sense and the Sensible

  • For vaporous exhalation consists of mere water [which, being tasteless, is inodorous]; and fumid exhalation cannot occur in water at all, though, as has been before stated, aquatic creatures also have the sense of smell.

    On Sense and the Sensible

  • The site of our shared fumid inspiration, then, Stirling's and mine, was a basement - our basement, as it happens, shadowy, flag-floored, alcoholic - in Queen Anne's Gate, SW1, six minutes by foot (I timed it) from Westminster Abbey.



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