Thursday, February 23, 2012
Definitions for plenum
- A full assembly, as a joint legislative assembly.
- The state or a space in which a gas, usually air, is contained at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure.
- A space, usually above a ceiling or below a floor, that can serve as a receiving chamber for air that has been heated or cooled to be distributed to inhabited areas.
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Citations for plenum
The plenum allegedly demanded that Bukharin cease his hunger strike.
They convened a plenary session of the Central Committee, and the plenum sided with them — the game was over!
Origin of plenum
Plenum is literally the opposite of a vacuum. It came to be used in the sense of a full meeting of legislators in 1772 in Sweden.