Definitions for: Fume

[n] a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
[v] be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
[v] be mad, angry, or furious
[v] treat with fumes, expose to fumes, esp. with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests
[v] emit fumes

Webster (1913) Definition: Fume (f[=u]m), n. [L. fumus; akin to Skr. dh[=u]ma smoke,
dh[=u] to shake, fan a flame, cf. Gr. qy`ein to sacrifice,
storm, rage, qy`mon, qy`mos, thyme, and perh. to E. dust: cf.
OF. fum smoke, F. fum['e]e. Cf. Dust, n., Femerell,
1. Exhalation; volatile matter (esp. noxious vapor or smoke)
ascending in a dense body; smoke; vapor; reek; as, the
fumes of tobacco.

The fumes of new shorn hay. --T. Warton.

The fumes of undigested wine. --Dryden.

2. Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of
self-control; as, the fumes of passion. --South.

3. Anything vaporlike, unsubstantial, or airy; idle conceit;
vain imagination.

A show of fumes and fancies. --Bacon.

4. The incense of praise; inordinate flattery.

To smother him with fumes and eulogies. --Burton.

In a fume, in ill temper, esp. from impatience.

Fume, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fumed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fuming.] [Cf. F. fumer, L. fumare to smoke. See Fume, n.]
1. To smoke; to throw off fumes, as in combustion or chemical
action; to rise up, as vapor.

Where the golden altar fumed. --Milton.

Silenus lay, Whose constant cups lay fuming to his
brain. --Roscommon.

2. To be as in a mist; to be dulled and stupefied.

Keep his brain fuming. --Shak.

3. To pass off in fumes or vapors.

Their parts pre kept from fuming away by their
fixity. --Cheyne.

4. To be in a rage; to be hot with anger.

He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.

While her mother did fret, and her father did fume.
--Sir W.

To tame away, to give way to excitement and displeasure; to
storm; also, to pass off in fumes.

Fume, v. t.
1. To expose to the action of fumes; to treat with vapors,
smoke, etc.; as, to bleach straw by fuming it with
sulphur; to fill with fumes, vapors, odors, etc., as a

She fumed the temple with an odorous flame.

2. To praise inordinately; to flatter.

They demi-deify and fume him so. --Cowper.

3. To throw off in vapor, or as in the form of vapor.

The heat will fume away most of the scent.

How vicious hearts fume frenzy to the brain!

Fume, n. (Metal.)
Solid material deposited by condensation of fumes; as, lead
fume (a grayish powder chiefly lead sulphate).

Synonyms: fumigate, reek, smoke, smoke

See Also: aerosol, emit, experience, exudate, exude, feel, give off, give out, gun smoke, ooze, ooze out, process, smother, transude, treat

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