• do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30
    do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plume dress or groom with elaborate care "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
    • v plume form a plume "The chimneys were pluming the sky","The engine was pluming black smoke"
    • v plume clean with one's bill "The birds preened"
    • v plume deck with a plume "a plumed helmet"
    • v plume be proud of "He prides himself on making it into law school"
    • v plume rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    • n plume the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
    • n plume a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
    • n plume anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness "a plume of smoke","grass with large plumes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A woman stands near a large plume of smoke A woman stands near a large plume of smoke

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Emus have double plumed feathers and they lay emerald/forest green eggs.
    • Plume A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling feathers. "His high plume , that nodded o'er his head."
    • Plume A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather. "Wings . . . of many a colored plume ."
    • Plume (Bot) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses.
    • Plume A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward. "Ambitious to win from me some plume ."
    • Plume (Zoöl) An ornamental tuft of feathers.
    • Plume To adorn with feathers or plumes. "Farewell the plumed troop."
    • Plume To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink. "Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers."
    • Plume To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he plumes himself on his skill.
    • Plume To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plume A feather. Technically, a pluma or penna: distinguished from plumule. See cut under Oreortyx.
    • n plume A tuft of feathers; a set or bunch of plumes worn as an ornament; an egret; plumery.
    • n plume Plumage.
    • n plume A token of honor; a prize won by contest.
    • n plume In botany, same as plumule, 3.
    • n plume In entomology: A hair with many fine branches, resembling a little soft feather; a plumate hair.
    • n plume A plume-moth.
    • n plume A plumose part or formation, as of the gill of a crustacean or a mollusk.
    • plume To dress the plumage of, as a bird; preen.
    • plume To strip off the plumage of, as a bird; pluck.
    • plume To adorn with feathers or plumes; feather; set as a plume; hence, to decorate or adorn (the person) in any way.
    • plume To pride; boast: used reflexively: as, to plume one's self on one's skill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plume plōōm a feather: a tuft of feathers: a feather worn as an ornament: a crest: a token of honour: a prize in a contest
    • v.t Plume to dress the feathers of, as a bird: to adorn with plumes: to strip of feathers: to boast (used reflexively)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. plumer, to pluck, to strip, L. plumare, to cover with feathers


In literature:

She could not know, poor dear, that there were people in the world who coveted her beautiful wedding plumes.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
He wore the gray plume, and honor to him was more than life.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The red-naped sapsucker, a beautifully habited Chesterfield in plumes.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Then, turning toward us, she came like an arrow straight at the young lady, a bright plume in whose hat probably drew her fire.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
They will find that the seeds though broad, are thin and light, and the silky plumes very light.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Is he really a thief, a nest robber, or even worse, a cannibal, in plumes?
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
The Fairy Prince was all in white armor, with a white plume in his hat.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
In her high-backed pew, provided with the luxury of the cushion, sat fine old Lady Wiggleworth, all in silks, satins, and plumes.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
They used the skins and furs for clothing and the plumes for decorating themselves.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Grimy, unwashed ruffians swaggered about in clothes costly with lace, and plumed hats, some even carrying swords.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens

In poetry:

They charge! The trumpet's tones are lost
Amid the conflict's deeper roar,
While shattered plumes are wildly tossed
And rival banners float before.
"On Buena Vista's Field" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
Where the wahoo reds
And the sumac spreads
Tall plumes o'er the purple privet,
I beg a kiss
Of the wind, tho I wis
Right well he never will give it.
"Wanda" by Cale Young Rice
And soft as pure, and warm as bright,
They brood upon life's peaceful hour,
As if the Dove that guides their flight
Shook from her plumes a downy shower.
"Confirmation" by John Keble
Eagle, Tyrolean eagle,
Why are thy plumes so red?
"In part because I rest
On Ortler's lordly crest;
There share I with the snow
The sunset's crimson glow."
"The Red Tyrolean Eagle" by John Lawson Stoddard
The flowing tartan and the eagle plume,
The gathering, and the glories of the clan,
Let others sing, we will not so presume,
We bring our humble tribute to the man.
"Address To The Hon. Malcolm Cameron" by Nora Pembroke
Eagle, Tyrolean eagle,
Why are thy plumes so red?
"From suns that fiercely shine,
From draughts of ruddy wine,
From blood my foes have shed,--
From these am I so red."
"The Red Tyrolean Eagle" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Charles Schumer wants a toxic chemical plume in Bethpage threatening area drinking water cleaned up, and he wants it done now.
The oil plume 's stability is "a little unexpected," study leader.
Plume ( December 4, 2012 ).
Early assessments were based on the relatively slow speed of the object and movement within the plume 's path.
A week after smashing two probes into the moon, NASA says early data returns are tantalizing and even reveal traces of an impact plume .
A worldwide audience was disappointed when the Oct 9 bombing of the moon failed to produce what NASA had said would be a 6-mile-high plume of dirt and debris.
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel.
Gulf Oil Plume Map Adds to Debate Over Spill's Undersea Impact.
On my way home from work yesterday I noticed a plume of black smoke rising over Superior, and at first I thought it might be another angry ex-wife, but I quickly realized it was coming from the oil refinery.
Ash burst at Kilauea volcano plume .
Kilauea volcano fanatics will want to check out the video below geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently posted of the familiar Halemaumau crater steam plume .
Article "Professor Explains Mystery Plume " Is Not Available At This Time.
Scientists say they are worried the undersea plumes may be from chemical dispersants used to break up the oil a mile under the surface.
The Prometheus Plume of Io.
Officials questioned on Raytheon toxic plume listen.

In science:

Interaction of fire plume with inclined surface.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
The results are also of importance in studying polar structures contributing to the fast solar wind, such as polar plumes.
On the Latitude Distribution of the Polar Magnetic Flux as Observed by SOLIS-VSM
Raouafi, Harvey & Solanki (2006a,b; 2007) studied polar plumes EUV spectral emissions using different models.
On the Latitude Distribution of the Polar Magnetic Flux as Observed by SOLIS-VSM
By comparing theoretical results to observations, they found that polar plumes would preferentially be based more than 10◦ away from the solar pole.
On the Latitude Distribution of the Polar Magnetic Flux as Observed by SOLIS-VSM
The technique of PLD is conceptually simple as illustrated schematically in Fig. 1. A pulsed laser beam leads to a rapid removal of material from a solid target and to the formation of an energetic plasma plume, which then condenses onto a substrate.
Recent advances in pulsed-laser deposition of complex-oxides