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hum

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hum \Hum\ (h[u^]m), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Hummed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Humming}.] [Of imitative origin; cf. G. hummen, D. hommelen. [root]15.]

1. To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums. --P. Fletcher.

Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep. --Pope.

2. To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone.

The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums. --Shak.

3. [Cf. {Hum}, interj.] To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.

4. To express satisfaction by a humming noise.

Here the spectators hummed. --Trial of the Regicides.

Note: Formerly the habit of audiences was to express gratification by humming and displeasure by hissing.

5. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hum \Hum\, noun

1. A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums. --Shak.

2. Any inarticulate and buzzing sound; as: (a) The confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry.

But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men. --Byron. (b) A buzz or murmur, as of approbation. --Macaulay.

3. An imposition or hoax.

4. [Cf. {Hem}, interj.] An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.

These shrugs, these hums and ha's. --Shak.

5. [Perh. so called because strongly intoxicating.] A kind of strong drink formerly used. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

{Venous hum}. See under {Venous}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hum \Hum\, interj. [Cf. {Hem}, interj.] Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hum \Hum\, verb (used with an object)

1. To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.

2. To express satisfaction with by humming.

3. To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug. [Colloq. & Low]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hum

noun

1: the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity; "they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers"; "there is a constant hum of military preparation" [syn: {busyness}, {hum}]

2: an Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan [syn: {Harkat-ul-Mujahidin}, {HUM}, {Harkat ul-Ansar}, {HUA}, {Harkat ul-Mujahedeen}, {Al Faran}, {Movement of Holy Warriors}]

3: a humming noise; "the hum of distant traffic" [syn: {hum}, {humming}]

verb

1: sing with closed lips; "She hummed a melody"

2: be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity" [syn: {hum}, {buzz}, {seethe}]

3: sound with a monotonous hum [syn: {hum}, {thrum}]

4: make a low continuous sound; "The refrigerator is humming"


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