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Definition of HUM

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Hum \Hum\ (h[u^]m), v. i. [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. [1913 Webster]

              Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums.                             --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     4. To express satisfaction by a humming noise. [1913 Webster]

              Here the spectators hummed.           --Trial of the Regicides. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Formerly the habit of audiences was to express gratification by humming and displeasure by hissing. [1913 Webster]

     5. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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

Hum \Hum\, v. t.
     1. To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune. [1913 Webster]

     2. To express satisfaction with by humming.
        [1913 Webster]

     3. To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug. [Colloq. & Low] [1913 Webster]

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

Hum \Hum\, n.
     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. [1913 Webster]

              The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

                  But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men.
                                                    --Byron. (b) A buzz or murmur, as of approbation. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     3. An imposition or hoax.
        [1913 Webster]

     4. [Cf. {Hem}, interj.] An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc. [1913 Webster]

              These shrugs, these hums and ha's.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. [Perh. so called because strongly intoxicating.] A kind of strong drink formerly used. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     {Venous hum}. See under {Venous}.
        [1913 Webster]

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

170 Moby Thesaurus words for "hum":
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