AskDefine | Define plume

Dictionary Definition

plume

Noun

1 a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
2 the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds [syn: feather, plumage]

Verb

1 rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, pluck, rob, hook] [ant: undercharge]
2 be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school" [syn: pride, congratulate]
3 deck with a plume; "a plumed helmet"
4 clean with one's bill; "The birds preened" [syn: preen]
5 form a plume; "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"
6 dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera" [syn: preen, primp, dress]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From pluma

Pronunciation

  • /ˈpluːm/
  • Rhymes with: -uːm

Noun

  1. A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.
  2. A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.
  3. An upward spray of water, such as from a whale's spout.
  4. An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.
  5. An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.

Translations

feather (noun)

Verb

  1. To preen and arrange feathers.
  2. To congratulate oneself proudly.

French

Pronunciation

  • /plym/|lang=fr

Noun

  1. pen (writing tool)

Extensive Definition

wiktpar plume Plume may refer to:
In fashion:
  • A prominent bird feather often used as an ornament
    • Hackle, an ornamental plume on a uniform headdress
In literature:
In music:
In science:
  • Plume (hydrodynamics), the form of effluent in water or emissions in air
  • Mantle plume, a geologic process associated with upwelling rock
  • Plumage, the layer of feathers that cover a bird and the pattern, colour, and arrangement of those feathers
In television:
plume in Japanese: プルーム

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