What does the word spume mean?

Usage examples for spume

  1. These two things,- the advent of a new dancer at the Opera, and the fame of Paul Zouche, were the chief topics of 'Society' outside its own tawdry personal concern; but under all the light froth and spume of the pleasure- seeking, pleasure- loving whirl of fashion, a fierce tempest was rising, and the first whistlings of the wind of revolt were already beginning to pierce through the keyholes and crannies of the stately building allotted to the business of Government;- so much so indeed that one terrible night, all unexpectedly, a huge mob, some twenty thousand strong, surrounded it, armed with every conceivable weapon from muskets to pickaxes, and shouted with horrid din for 'Bread and Justice! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  2. And the thick heavy spume- flakes which aye and anon His fierce lips shook upward in galloping on. – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  3. The Quality of Courage Black trees against an orange sky, Trees that the wind shook terribly, Like a harsh spume along the road, Quavering up like withered arms, Writhing like streams, like twisted charms Of hot lead flung in snow. – Young Adventure A Book of Poems by Stephen Vincent Benet