Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sound like that made by bees; a low murmuring sound.
- Resounding with hums.
- Such as to bubble or froth much, or as to cause a humming in the head: applied to strong malt liquors.
- v. present participle of hum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Emitting a murmuring sound; droning; murmuring; buzzing.
- n. A sound like that made by bees; a low, murmuring sound; a hum.
- n. a humming noise
- n. the act of singing with closed lips
“Speech pathologist Dr. Morton Cooper tells us humming is the best way to find your optimal pitch.”
“There's a buzzword humming on Capitol Hill and it is coming up in discussions from economic development and microfinance, to U.S. safety and security, to population growth and global health.”
“Did you immediately begin humming the tune from this Weebls animation?”
“SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), a utility protocol that nearly every network engineer relies upon to keep their gear humming, is dangerous as hell.”
“I've always liked the idea of humming and beatboxing your whole track into the computer, then gradually replacing all the ideas with instruments, though I never got round to actually doing it.”
“The tireless Ung Lik Dy pressed on, his shining sword humming as it cut through the air.”
“On came the red-haired monster, his face contorted with rage, his sword humming as it again began its death-promising sidelong cuts through the empty air.”
“Miss Kendall will not disturb the class, I am sure, if she realizes that her humming is a source of annoyance," she said, her own really musical voice fluting in melodious minor cadences.”
“Everyone who slept had gone to sleep with one word humming in his brain -- war -- and war at home, that was the terrible thought which robbed so many millions of eyes of sleep.”
“If there are any birds, it is the strange and heavy penguin, the passing albatross, or the Mother Cary's chicken, which has been called the humming bird of ocean, and here finds a place for its young.”
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