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Meaning of HUM

Pronunciation:  hum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a humming noise; "the hum of distant traffic"
  2. [v]  sing with closed lips; "She hummed a melody"
  3. [v]  make a low continuous sound; "The refrigerator is humming"
  4. [v]  sound with a monotonous hum
  5. [v]  be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity"

HUM is a 3 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: buzz, humming, seethe, thrum
 See Also: be, go, make noise, noise, noise, pullulate, resound, sing, sound, swarm, teem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hum\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hummed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Humming}.] [Of imitative origin; cf. G. hummen, D. hommelen.
    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.
             Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep.
    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.
    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
    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.
  2. \Hum\, v. t.
    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]
  3. \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.
             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.
       (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}.
  4. \Hum\, interj. [Cf. {Hem}, interj.]
    Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech
    implying doubt and deliberation. --Pope.
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