Definition of plenum in English:

plenum

noun

  • 1An assembly of all the members of a group or committee.

    ‘the seventh plenum of the Communist Party central committee’
    • ‘That led to speculation that things might come to a head at the fourth plenum of the 16th Central Committee later this month.’
    • ‘Molotov lost the post of foreign minister in 1949; and, from 1952, his career fell into eclipse when Stalin criticized him at a Central Committee plenum.’
    • ‘So decided the socialist plenum over the weekend.’
    • ‘He said the next plenum of the central committee, scheduled after local party congresses from August this year to before March next year, will touch upon personnel matters for a new party leadership.’
    • ‘Then they hand out little circular mirrors to each member of the plenum.’
    • ‘The week-long plenum that opened April 10 in Hanoi has signaled that preparations are well under way for next year's party congress (one is held every five years).’
    • ‘Since the second meeting also assembled a quorum, the two plenums yielded two mutually exclusive, but equally valid, results.’
    • ‘The struggle is likely to come to a head at the next plenum of the Communist Party Central Committee due later this month.’
    • ‘The decision-making Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam started a plenum Monday in Hanoi to prepare documents for the party's congress scheduled for March next year, according to party sources.’
    • ‘Islam views the world as a plenum, capable of neither diminishment nor amplification.’
    • ‘The Central Committee's plenum reiterated its determination to shore up the party's ability to govern the country.’
    • ‘In a break with party tradition, he started publishing the agenda of the party's plenums to make them available for public debate.’
    • ‘During the committee's 12th plenum, which ended Tuesday, the body voted separately for individual candidates.’
    • ‘A further plenum of the Central Committee met in Wuhan on 28 November.’
    • ‘The seventh and eight plenums, held in August and November 1999, began preparations for the Ninth National Party Congress scheduled for the first quarter of 2001.’
    • ‘The growing number of resignations from the party was discussed at every level of the conference - in the plenum itself as well as during the breaks.’
    • ‘The purpose of the directives will be to " catch up with the new situation " following the fourth plenum of the Communist Party central committee held from September 16 to 19.’
    • ‘The plenum was of crucial symbolic importance for Mr Hu.’
    • ‘Labour's support is needed to send the bill to committee and then to the full plenum for passage in three separate votes that would set the ball rolling toward an election as early as February.’
  • 2Physics
    A space completely filled with matter, or the whole of space so regarded.

    ‘so long as things move simultaneously into each other's places, motion is possible in a plenum’
    • ‘At a very deep subatomic level the differences of dualism melt into a plenum of potentiality or probability.’
    • ‘A quantum vacuum is more like a plenum than like empty space.’
    • ‘The early universe was filled with radiation and a plenum of matter, originally hydrogen and helium, formed from elementary particles in the dense primeval fireball.’
    • ‘Imagine fracturing a material body such as a piece of wood, regarded as a plenum (full of matter).’
    • ‘Even as late as the 17th century, Descartes imagined all space to be filled with little whirling vortices which he called the plenum.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘full space’, neuter of plenus ‘full’.

Pronunciation

plenum

/ˈpliːnəm/