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- adj. Smoky, vaporous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Smoky; vaporous.
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First below the circular motion comes the warm and dry element, which we call fire, for there is no word fully adequate to every state of the fumid evaporation: but we must use this terminology since this element is the most inflammable of all bodies.
Aqueous exhalation is merely a form of moisture, but fumid exhalation is, as already remarked, composed of Air and Earth.
All writers incline to refer odour to this cause [sc. exhalation of some sort], but some regard it as aqueous, others as fumid, exhalation; while others, again, hold it to be either.
For vaporous exhalation consists of mere water [which, being tasteless, is inodorous]; and fumid exhalation cannot occur in water at all, though, as has been before stated, aquatic creatures also have the sense of smell.
The site of our shared fumid inspiration, then, Stirling's and mine, was a basement - our basement, as it happens, shadowy, flag-floored, alcoholic - in Queen Anne's Gate, SW1, six minutes by foot (I timed it) from Westminster Abbey.