Definition of relume in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈlo͞om/

Entry from US English dictionary


[with object] literary
Relight or rekindle (a light, flame, etc.): Oceana stole from her place of concealment, and relumed the taper
More example sentences
  • As for meaning, for me it's summed up in the Shakespearean subtitle: ‘Fire that can thy light relume’.
  • I then called to him to knock on the door of the house where I lodged and got my candle relumed without danger.
  • The embers are mouldering, a single spark may relume the blaze.


Early 17th century: from re- 'again' + illume, partly suggested by French rallumer.

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Syllabification: re·lume

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