• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fuming Producing fumes, or vapors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
    • n fuming Smoking; fumigation.
    • n fuming Fume; idle conceit; vain fancy.
    • n fuming Irritated excitement; anger.
    • n fuming The process of subjecting oak or other wood used in furniture to the fumes of ammonia, in order to give it an appearance of age.
    • n fuming In photography, the process of exposing albuminized paper to the fumes of ammonia, which makes the paper print a trifle more quickly and gives it a purple tone.
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Running on fumes - If someone has used all their energy on something, but must continue, they are running on fumes. It is an expression used when driving a car when the needle is on empty but still running. We say it is 'running on fumes'.


In literature:

The sight of the fuming pipes made him dizzy.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Even the negro edged away fearfully and all crouched back, afraid of the fumes.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
The common-sensible man placed the snow-child on the hearth-rug, right in front of the hissing and fuming stove.
"Famous Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
The fireman's lift, how to drag patient, how to work in fumes, etc.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
For an instant he stood in hesitation; had the man been overcome by the suffocating fumes filling the hold?
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
He departed, leaving the colonel fuming.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
So he fumed, and fretted, and snorted, and snored.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
A fuming-box is needful, but one can easily be constructed, without the expense of purchasing this convenience.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XII, Jan. 3, 1891" by Various
Next door, the Admiral was fuming nervously up and down his gravel walk.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He tended to fume when his underpowered car noticeably slowed up on grades, and especially the long ones.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Oh, why did man ever want to pollute it and poison his brother with these deadly fumes of hell!
"With Our Soldiers in France" by Sherwood Eddy
So he stood fretting, and fuming, and raging, waiting for her at the foot of the stairs.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
The screens, showing the outside, displayed a great and confused tumult of smoke and fumes and dust to rearward.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
But on thy sacred eyeballs fume turns fire.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
He waited for some moments, scanning the rising fumes, then swerved his lean brown torso toward a mesquite bush.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
The heavy formalin fumes rose and choked them as they poked over the rubbish.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
The loafer is smoking a short clay pipe, and some of the fumes of the tobacco come between the wind and the bourgeois' respectability.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Tobacco fumes are unpleasant to the majority of ladies.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
The poisonous fumes filled the pocket at the end of the valley where the great ship rested.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
The fumes swirled into her nostrils.
"The Time Mirror" by Clark South

In poetry:

Child, unto armies dear,
Even now we mark heaven's light
Dimmed with the fume and fear
And glory of battle-might.
"On Hearing The Princess Royal Sing" by Victor Marie Hugo
Lo, now far on the hills
The crimson fumes uncurled,
Where the caldron mantles and spills
Another dawn on the world!
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
But these are gone now: years entomb
The dust and din;
Yea, even the bath’s fierce reek and fume
That slew Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Let be the night. We'll ride and light in gloom
Camp-fires late.
The holy flag will flash in fume,
And Khan's steel blade…
"On the Field of Kulicovo" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
We manned the fuming cannon
And bartered hell for hell,
While the scuppers sang with coursing life
Where the dead and dying fell.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
E'en the very stars seemed troubled
With the mingled fume and roar;
The city like a cauldron bubbled,
With its poison boiling o'er.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Fishermen in Canada fuming over abundance of Maine lobsters.
Latin American Carriers Fume Over Congested Airports.
Residents that live near the Fresh Pond freight rail lines are fed up with the constant noise and fumes from nearby trains.
Protester dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flag .
The Scottish actor, who played half-man, half-giant Hagrid in the wizard franchise, was fuming when he discovered the young star had changed the language settings on his cell phone, leaving him unable to make calls.
Fumes provide scare in Argentine capital.
A container fire releases fumes originally feared to be toxic.
Officials say the fumes posed little risk to the population.
The Sherlock star, who plays Professor Moriarty in the UK TV series, is fuming about the publication of Andrew Scott: More Than Moriarty, as he is adamant it is ""too early"" to be documenting his career in a book.
The Aug 2 story stated that firefighters responded to the blaze on Wednesday night, and the fire was caused by gasoline fumes.
Union bosses are fuming at the prospect of a Michigan Right to Work law, but New Yorkers concerned about protecting employee freedom and reviving their state's flagging economy should consider.
(AP) — A Pittsburgh-area man has been jailed on charges he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in the home they once shared before unsuccessfully trying to kill himself with natural gas fumes.
We stood in the hallway entrance of Anthony's Runway 84, all of us fuming over what had just happened.
A couple and over a dozen of their wedding guests are still fuming after they were delayed over 27 hours in a California airport while on their way to Hawaii.
A trip to Montreal is not compete without a taste of Viande fume, the deli-style smoked-meat specialty.

In science:

This means that decomposing of the waste has to be performed in appropriately equipped recycling facilities where the individual component materials of the waste can be separated from each other in a safe manner such that workers are never exposed to toxic fumes or liquids.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
How far can the thermal limit be? This question was also addressed by Fuming Liu in a micro-canonical analysis of pp data and was shown that for pions the thermal model works well (not for heavy hyperons, however).
Strange Quark Matter Theory
All operating shafts have fresh, incoming air (fumes will not follow workers attempting to exit the mine).
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Chlorine appears in high concentrations as yellow-green fumes.
Behaviour and Perception-based Pedestrian Evacuation Simulation
The present study aims to develop proposed injury thresho lds based on peak effective pressure and positive pulse 1 Toxic fume inhalation associated with blast exposure is an example of a non-mechanical TBI mechanism (Born, 2005).
Working toward exposure thresholds for blast-induced traumatic brain injury: thoracic and acceleration mechanisms