plume: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (plm), [key]
— n., v., plumed, plum•ing.
- a feather.
- a large, long, or conspicuous feather: the brilliant plume of a peacock.
- a soft, fluffy feather: the plume of an egret.
- any plumose part or formation.
- a feather, a tuft of feathers, or some substitute, worn as an ornament, as on a hat, helmet, etc.
- a feather or featherlike token of honor or distinction, esp. one worn on a helmet.
- a vertically or longitudinally moving, rising, or expanding fluid body, as of smoke or water.
- a visible pattern of smoke resulting from emissions from a stack, flue, or chimney.
- Also calleda deep-seated upwelling of magma within the earth's mantle. Cf.
- to furnish, cover, or adorn with plumes or feathers.
- (of a bird) to preen (itself or its feathers).
- to feel complacent satisfaction with (oneself&hasp;); pride (oneself&hasp;) (often fol. by on or upon): She sat before the mirror, pluming herself upon her beauty.
- plume (Thesaurus)