In a fume
Fume 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}, {Thyme}.] 1. Exhalation; volatile matter (esp. noxious vapor or smoke) ascending in a dense body; smoke; vapor; reek; as, the fumes of tobacco. [1913 Webster]

The fumes of new shorn hay. --T. Warton. [1913 Webster]

The fumes of undigested wine. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of self-control; as, the fumes of passion. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything vaporlike, unsubstantial, or airy; idle conceit; vain imagination. [1913 Webster]

A show of fumes and fancies. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. The incense of praise; inordinate flattery. [1913 Webster]

To smother him with fumes and eulogies. --Burton. [1913 Webster]

5. (Metal.) Solid material deposited by condensation of fumes; as, lead fume (a grayish powder chiefly lead sulphate). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{In a fume}, in ill temper, esp. from impatience. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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}, {Thyme}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fume — n. & v. n. 1 (usu. in pl.) exuded gas or smoke or vapour, esp. when harmful or unpleasant. 2 a fit of anger (in a fume). v. 1 a intr. emit fumes. b tr. give off as fumes. 2 intr. (often foll. by at) be affected by (esp. suppressed) anger (was… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fume — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French fum, from Latin fumus; akin to Old High German toumen to be fragrant, Sanskrit dhūma smoke, Old Church Slavic dymŭ Date: 14th century 1. a. a smoke, vapor, or gas especially when irritating or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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