- 1A long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display or worn by a person for ornament: a hat with a jaunty ostrich plumeMore example sentences
- Ornamental bird plumes, by weight, were more valuable than gold.
- The highly modified courtship plumes found in many species of birds of paradise are only one extreme of the diversity of courtship plumes found in birds.
- Bird plumes, which were used to adorn women's hats and other items in the fashion industry, were worth more than gold.
- 1.1 Zoology A part of an animal’s body that resembles a feather: the antennae are divided into large feathery plumesMore example sentences
- The creature had a large plume of strands on its head pointing upwards and its body appeared silvery and reflective.
- 1.2A long cloud of smoke or vapor resembling a feather as it spreads from its point of origin: as he spoke, the word was accompanied by a white plume of breathMore example sentences
- She hung up, switched on the television, and saw plumes of white smoke etched against the blue Texas sky.
- All they could see from where they were was a massive dust cloud and plumes of black smoke.
- All the journalists in the house - three of us - ran outside to see a white plume of smoke rising close by in the north.
- 1.3A mass of material, typically a pollutant, spreading from a source: a radioactive plumeMore example sentences
- The plume contained toxic pollutants, possibly cyanide, from foam, oil, acrylic paints and tyres burnt in the blaze.
- Methane gas plumes are also attributed to at least one plane disappearing, because it exploded when it entered the plume.
- Regardless of the type of evacuation system used, the capture device should be placed as close as possible to the source of the plume.
- 1.4 (also mantle plume) Geology A localized column of hot magma rising by convection in the mantle, believed to cause volcanic activity in hot spots, such as the Hawaiian Islands, away from plate margins.More example sentences
- The wide distribution of the volcanics implies that a mantle plume was present beneath northern Australia in the past.
- The spatial and chronological evolution of the Canary Islands' volcanism is due to eastward progression of the slow-moving African plate over a mantle plume.
- Although it is paradoxical that Iceland's hottest region boasts its biggest ice cap, it is no coincidence: the ice sheet is huge and permanent precisely because lava flowing from the mantle plume has built the mountains so high.
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- 1 [no object] Spread out in a shape resembling a feather: smoke plumed from the chimneysMore example sentences
- Thick columns of boiling brown smoke are pluming from somewhere among the tower blocks in the centre.
- Fire raged through the compound, smoke pluming up above it all.
- He could see the smoke pluming up from the fires of the camp, but neither the fires nor tents were visible yet.
- 1.1 [with object] Decorate with or as if with feathers: (as adjective plumed) a plumed capMore example sentences
- The trappings of male finery included plumed helmets, heavy epaulettes, long swords, tassels, braid, knee-high boots, gleaming escutcheons, white gloves, white trousers.
- Headdresses were extravagantly plumed helmets or crowns fusing baroque and classical styles.
- It had a thin plumed mane of red and black across the top of the helmet fanning out like the feathers of a peacock.
- 2 (plume oneself) chiefly • archaic (Of a bird) preen itself.More example sentences
- On alighting, which it does plumply, it immediately bends its body, turns its head to look behind it, performs a curious nod, utters its note, then shakes and plumes itself,
- The Florida Cormorant is especially addicted to this practice, and dives and plumes itself several times in the day.
- 2.1Feel a great sense of self-satisfaction about something: she plumed herself on being cosmopolitanMore example sentences
- They made endless shrill distinctions and plumed themselves on their beauty and education and sensitivity.
- All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves.
- ‘I could not but highly plume myself on my masterly management in getting rid of Bartleby.’
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- On the image returned three hours later, these clouds had combined to form a plume-like feature similar to the one seen the previous day.
- It has plume-like seed heads, which appear after the flowers and give a long-lasting, smoky haze to branch tips.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pluma 'down'.