Plume vs Haze - What's the difference?

plume | haze |

As a verb plume

is .

As a noun haze is





(en noun)
  • A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.
  • * Milton
  • wings of many a coloured plume
  • The furry tail of certain dog breeds (e.g. Samoyed, Malteagle) that stands erect or curls over their backs.
  • A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.
  • * Dryden
  • his high plume , that nodded o'er his head
  • A token of honour or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward.
  • * Milton
  • ambitious to win from me some plume
  • An upward spray of water or mist.
  • (geology) An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.
  • (astronomy) An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.
  • A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses.
  • Derived terms

    * plume grass * plume moth * plume nutmeg


  • To preen and arrange the feathers of.
  • * Washington Irving
  • pluming her wings among the breezy bowers
  • To congratulate (oneself) proudly.
  • He plumes himself on his skill.
  • To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • To adorn with feathers or plumes.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Farewell the plumed troop.
  • To form a plume.
  • Smoke plumed from his pipe then slowly settled towards the floor.
  • To write; to pen.
  • *
  • We mention this observation, not with any view of pretending to account for so odd a behaviour, but lest some critic should hereafter plume himself on discovering it.



    (wikipedia haze)

    Alternative forms

    * hase

    Etymology 1

    * The earliest instances are of the latter part of the 17th century. * Possibly * Compare (etyl)


  • (uncountable) Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
  • * 1772 December, James Cook, , vol. 1 ch. 2:
  • Our hopes, however, soon vanished; for before eight o'clock, the serenity of the sky was changed into a thick haze , accompanied with rain.
  • * 1895 , H.G. Wells, :
  • A blue haze , half dust, half mist, touched the long valley with mystery.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze ” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia.}}
  • (uncountable) A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
  • An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent.
  • (uncountable, figuratively) Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
  • * 1957 , (Daphne du Maurier), [], ISBN 081221725X, page 218:
  • In my haze of alcohol, I thought for one crazy instant that he had plumbed my secret.
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  • (uncountable, engineering, packaging) The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
  • * 1998 , Leonard I. Nass and Charles A. Heiberger, Encyclopedia of PVC [], ISBN 0824778227, page 318:
  • Haze is listed as a percent value and, typically, is about 1% for meat film.
  • (countable, brewing) Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
  • * 1985 , Philip Jackisch, Modern Winemaking [], ISBN 0801414555, page 69:
  • Various clarifying and fining agents are used in winemaking to remove hazes .
    Derived terms
    * haze over * hazy


  • To be hazy, or thick with haze.
  • (Ray)

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from


  • (US, informal) To perform an unpleasant initiation ritual upon a usually non-consenting individual, especially freshmen to a closed community such as a college or military unit.
  • To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter I:
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