from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rushing before the wind: in the quotation perhaps used erroneously in the sense of ‘foaming,’ ‘surging,’ ‘roaring.’

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  • verb Present participle of spoom.


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  • The thud of the ponderous engines had ceased; the deafening rattle of the looms was no more heard; a myriad spooming spindles were at rest.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)

  • The dark form of a phantom ship lurched past in the running seas -- the _Marygold_ adrift, loose from her anchor, driving to the open storm; fearful judgment -- as the listeners thought -- for the crew's false testimony against Doughty; for, as one old record states, "they could by no means help {152} spooming along before the sea;" and the _Marygold_ was never more seen.

    Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward

  • The beach was strewn with scoria and cinders; in dolorous soughs, a chill wind blew; wails issued from the caves; and yellow, spooming surges, lashed the moaning strand.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. II (of 2)


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  • var. of spuming

    May 22, 2009