AskDefine | Define fume

Dictionary Definition

fume n : a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas [syn: smoke]

Verb

1 be mad, angry, or furious
2 emit a cloud of fine particles; "The chimney was fuming" [syn: smoke]
3 treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests [syn: fumigate]
4 be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face [syn: reek]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A gas or vapour/vapor that smells strongly or is dangerous to inhale. Fumes are solid particles formed by condensation from the gaseous state, e.g. metal oxides from volatised metals. They can flocculate and coalesce. Their particle size is between 0.1 and 1 micron. (A micron is one millionth of a metre)
    Don't stand around in there with breathing the fumes while the adhesive cures.
  2. A material that has been vaporized from the solid state to the gas state and re-coalesced to the solid state.

Translations

A gas or vapour/vapor that smells strongly or is dangerous to inhale
A material that has been vaporized from the solid state to the gas state and re-coalesced to the solid state

Verb

  1. Emit fumes.
  2. Expose something (especially wood) to ammonia fumes in order to produce dark tints.
  3. To feel or express great anger.
    He's still fuming about the argument they had yesterday.

Translations

Emit fumes
Expose something (especially wood) to ammonia fumes in order to produce dark tints
To feel or express great anger

Usage notes

  • In the sense of strong-smelling or dangerous vapor, the noun is typically plural, as in the example.

French

Verb

  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, fumer#French|fumer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, fumer#French|fumer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, fumer#French|fumer

Extensive Definition

Fume and fumes can mean:
  • Noxious gases and vapours
  • As a component of air, solid particles formed by condensation from the gaseous state, e.g. metal oxides from volatised metals, with particle size is between 0.1 and 1 micrometres.
  • Fumé, a brand of English wine.
  • Other uses: see

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

achromatize, ado, aerate, aerify, afterdamp, agitation, anhydrate, aroma, ash, ashes, atomize, be livid, be pissed, blackdamp, blanch, blast-freeze, bleach, blow, blow a gasket, blow up, bluster, bobbery, boil, boil over, boiling, brand, brawl, breath, breathe out, brine, bristle, broil, brouhaha, browned off, burn, bustle, cacophony, calx, carbon, carbonate, carry on, chafe, chaos, charcoal, chlorinate, chokedamp, churn, cinder, clinker, cloud, coal, coke, commotion, conturbation, cure, damp, decolor, decolorize, definite odor, dehydrate, desiccate, detectable odor, dim, discolor, discomposure, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, distill, disturbance, drain, drain of color, dross, dry, dry-cure, dry-salt, dudgeon, dull, ebullience, ebullition, eddy, effervescence, effluvium, emanation, embalm, embroilment, emit, essence, etherify, etherize, etiolate, evacuate, evaporate, excitement, exhalation, exhale, exhaust, expire, explode, fade, fanaticism, feery-fary, ferment, fermentation, fetid air, fever, feverishness, fidgets, firedamp, flap, flare up, flatus, flavor, flip out, fluid, fluidize, flurry, fluster, flutteration, foam, foment, fomentation, foofaraw, fractionate, fragrance, freeze, freeze-dry, frenzy, fret, fumes, fumigate, furor, furore, fury, fuss, gas, gasify, give off, give out, give vent to, go on, have a conniption, high dudgeon, hubbub, huff, hurly-burly, hurry, hurry-scurry, hydrogenate, inquietude, irradiate, jerk, jitters, jumpiness, kipper, lava, let out, maelstrom, malaise, malaria, marinade, marinate, mephitis, miasma, miff, moil, mummify, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, odor, open the floodgates, open the sluices, oxygenate, pale, pandemonium, passion, pell-mell, perfume, peroxide, perturbation, pet, pickle, pique, pissed off, pollution, preservatize, puff, puff of smoke, quick-freeze, racket, rage, raise Cain, raise hell, raise the devil, raise the roof, rant, rant and rave, rave, redolence, reek, refrigerate, restlessness, roil, rout, row, ruckus, ruffle, rumpus, salt, savor, scent, scoria, season, seethe, seething, send out, simmer, sizzle, slag, smell, smog, smoke, smoke-cure, smolder, smoulder, smudge, smut, soot, spoor, spray, steam, stench, stew, stink, stir, storm, storminess, stuff, sublimate, sublime, subtle odor, sullage, sweat, swirl, swirling, swivet, take on, tarnish, tempestuousness, throw a fit, throw off, tiff, tizzy, to-do, tone down, trace, trail, trepidation, trepidity, tumult, tumultuation, tumultuousness, turbidity, turbulence, turmoil, twitter, unease, unrest, uproar, upset, vapor, vaporize, volatile, volatilize, vortex, wash out, water vapor, whiff, whirl, whiten, wildness, yeastiness, zeal, zealousness
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1