ДЫМ _|_ SMOKE / DYM [dɨm]         

Hint with an alternative definition: it is like a cold steam not from hot water but fire

Hints with composition: dim + fume / odor + flame

Hint with transformations: smoulder > deoum > дым

Hints with translation + consonant words (by sounds or letters): to deem (to produce a cloud of thought from a fire of thinking) / dream — r (reality) = deam (a dream turned into smoke)

Hint with a mirror: meed | дым (no award, only a dream)

Russian protip: мыть (вода и грязь вниз) | дым (огонь и грязь вверх) (mirror) / добавь воды в пламя — получишь дым

Mental visualization: Д (pipe) + ЫМ (clouds of smoke drift low over the ground)