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fume

[fyoom] /fyum/
noun
1.
Often, fumes. any smokelike or vaporous exhalation from matter or substances, especially of an odorous or harmful nature:
tobacco fumes; noxious fumes of carbon monoxide.
2.
an irritable or angry mood:
He has been in a fume ever since the contract fell through.
verb (used with object), fumed, fuming.
3.
to emit or exhale, as fumes or vapor:
giant stacks fuming their sooty smoke.
4.
to treat with or expose to fumes.
5.
to show fretful irritation or anger:
She always fumes when the mail is late.
verb (used without object), fumed, fuming.
6.
to rise, or pass off, as fumes:
smoke fuming from an ashtray.
7.
to emit fumes:
The leaky pipe fumed alarmingly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French fum < Latin fūmus smoke, steam, fume
Related forms
fumeless, adjective
fumelike, adjective
fumer, noun
fumingly, adverb
unfuming, adjective
Synonyms
2. rage, fury, agitation, storm. 5. chafe, fret.
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British Dictionary definitions for fumeless

fume

/fjuːm/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be overcome with anger or fury; rage
2.
to give off (fumes) or (of fumes) to be given off, esp during a chemical reaction
3.
(transitive) to subject to or treat with fumes; fumigate
noun
4.
(often pl) a pungent or toxic vapour
5.
a sharp or pungent odour
6.
a condition of anger
Derived Forms
fumeless, adjective
fumelike, adjective
fumer, noun
fumingly, adverb
fumy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus smoke, vapour
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Word Origin and History for fumeless
fume
late 14c., from O.Fr. fum "smoke, steam, vapor," from L. fumus "smoke" (v.), from PIE *dhumo- (cf. Skt. dhumah, O.C.S. dymu, Lith. dumai, O.Prus. dumis "smoke," M.Ir. dumacha "fog," Gk. thymos "spirit, mind, soul"). The verb is first recorded c.1400, from O.Fr. fumer, from L. fumare "to smoke, steam;" figurative sense of "show anger" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Fumed; fuming.
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fumeless in Science
fume
  (fym)   
Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.
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