- 1Gas, smoke, or vapor that smells strongly or is dangerous to inhale: clouds of exhaust fumes spewed by carsMore example sentences
- I also have become very ill from inhaling the fumes from the exhaust diesel gases that come from the buses.
- And inhaling the exhaust fumes is unpleasant and unhealthy.
- Many said they had smelled strong gas fumes during the explosion.
- 1.1A pungent odor of a particular thing or substance: he breathed fumes of wine into her faceMore example sentences
- The shrine room was full of fragrant fumes of agarbathis and camphor and warm with the burning oil lamps.
- The restaurant is warm and welcoming, an open kitchen fires out heady fumes of garlic, the servers are friendly and helpful, and the prices are great.
- The fumes of alcohol and tobacco were poisonous.
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- 1Emit gas, smoke, or vapor: fragments of lava hit the ground, fuming and sizzlingMore example sentences
- It was sounding like a scratched holodisc right now and smoke was fuming out of it's light receptor.
- Smoke fumed out from the hood and it looked like that something blew up.
- Birds, generally, will not tolerate human beings, especially human beings with gigantic clumsy flying machines that fume with black smoke and sound like a flying earthquake.
- 1.1 [with object] (usually as adjective fumed) Expose (especially wood) to ammonia fumes in order to produce dark tints: the fumed oak sideboardMore example sentences
- This finish is the effect of steaming, a process that stains the natural red of the oak to a fumed black.
- The fuming process is used to turn the color of these woods into other shades of yellow and honey-browns.
- 2Feel, show, or express great anger: he is fuming over the interference in his workMore example sentences
- Of course there have been times when I have fumed at the end of the phone line when some official gave me an answer I didn't like but as I get older I realise that sometimes the answer has to be ‘No’.
- Motorists fumed at the blocked roads, rail travellers found many services severely hit and the RAC demanded a public inquiry into the nation's resources for coping with emergency conditions.
- Residents of the David Murray John Tower fumed at being left out in the cold for an hour after a second 30-year-old lift failed and security guards said they could not allow them to use the stairs.
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- Stepping aside, I watched him as he fumingly marched inside.
- Grumbling, he donned his garments, and fumingly, he walked outside to meet the source of his emotional disturbance.
- The storeowner fumingly glanced over at Candace, who sat only three seats away from him.
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- London seems very very fumy but this may be a direct result of my exhaust pipe being knackered… my own personal microclimate of carbon monoxide, ugh.
- The illumination remains hazy, fumy, ethereal; it comes, it touches everybody and is gone.
- The exhaust is fed to the casing of the apparatus through the fumy exhaust inlet.
late Middle English: from Old French fumer (verb), from Latin fumare 'to smoke'.