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    • n fumes gases ejected from an engine as waste products
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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 rockets were now glinting missiles leaping ahead of the fumes that propelled them.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
The fumes of ammonia are intensely irritating, and may give rise to laryngitis, bronchitis, and even pneumonia.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Control of the fumes is achieved by using the crystals in an iodine gun or fuming cabinet.
"The Science of Fingerprints" by Federal Bureau of Investigation
The powder-fumes choke you.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
I was wary even of the fumes, but there was nothing else I could do.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
It was not the first time one of the players had been overcome by the heavy fumes.
"The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays" by Laura Lee Hope
The lights went out and the interior became filled with fumes, groans, and confusion.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
Chemical fumes from a mineral spring funneled against the wall, warding off any nesting in this section.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Oil stains penetrate hard woods better when the wood has first been fumed in ammonia.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
We were choking in the chemical fumes of the released, half-burned gases.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings

In poetry:

I know how fire burns,
How from the wrangling fumes
Rose and amber blooms,
And slowly dies.
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
I saw the maiden, sweet, loving, confiding,
Smile when he whispered "Mine,"
Saw her lips meet his with no word of chiding,
Though his breath fumed with wine.
Wail, wail, Nightingale,
Sing of a mourner bowed and pale.
"What I Have Seen #2" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
EACH hour that passes, dead for evermore,
Lies in the waste of ages whence the stale
Air of unwoken silence, shore to shore.
Reeks unto death, and where far plains grow pale,
Fumes in a light mirage whose azure floor
"The Awakening" by E J Rupert Atkinson
They raced; their brothers yelled them on, and broke
In act to follow, but as one they snuffed
Wood-fumes, and by the fire that spoke
Of provender, its pale flame puffed,
And rolled athwart dwarf furzes grey-blue smoke.
"The Orchard And The Heath" by George Meredith
The enemy returns to Jiangxi two hundred thousand strong,
Fumes billowing in the wind in mid-sky.
Workers and peasants are wakened in their millions
To fight as one man,
Under the riot of red flags round the foot of Buzhou Mountain!
"Against the First" by Mao Zedong
Beauty is hers all unconfused of sense,
Lustral, austere, and of the spirit fine;
No cloudy fumes of myrrh and frankincense
Drug in her arms the ecstasy divine;
But stellar awe that kneels in high suspense,
And hallowed glories of the inner shrine.
"Winter Magic" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Residents fuming over traffic detour .
(AP) — A St Louis-area dialysis center is back open after fumes from a water-vinegar mixture sent one worker to the hospital and prompted a brief evacuation.
WHO's cancer agency: Diesel fumes cause cancer.
A new study from the National Cancer Institute shows an increased risk of lung cancer for those exposed to diesel fumes.
Parents fume over dwindling gifted and talented program.
Rick Wellman of Patrick Melville Salon says there are dyes that don't contain ammonia (the fumes can be a major health hazard) and have added organic ingredients.
Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is fuming.
EDWARDS — Four people at an Edwards veterinary clinic were hospitalized after a dog that ingested what was likely rat poison vomited, filling the clinic with toxic fumes.
When it comes to dreaming up Halloween costumes, I run low on fumes.
Fumes were reportedly coming from the barrel prompting company officials to evacuate the building.
Coach fumes over Sinclair's exclusion .
FUME, the Fellowship of Unassimilated Manhattan Exiles , is a social club for DC residents pining for the Big Apple.
" Fume Events" Caused Toxic Air in Plane Cabins.
Greece fumes after bailout delayed.
Russia fumes at US bill as "reset" plan takes hit.

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