American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A low, indistinct, continuous sound: spoke in a murmur; the murmur of the waves.
- n. An indistinct, whispered, or confidential complaint; a mutter.
- n. Medicine An abnormal sound, usually emanating from the heart, that sometimes indicates a diseased condition.
- v. To make a low, continuous, indistinct sound or succession of sounds.
- v. To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble.
- v. To say in a low indistinct voice; utter indistinctly: murmured his approval.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low sound continued or continuously repeated, as that of a stream running in a stony channel, of a number of persons talking indistinctly in low tones, and the like; a low and confused or indistinct sound; a hum.
- n. A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering voice; hence, any expression of complaint or discontent.
- n. In medicine, any one of various sounds, normal and pathological, heard in auscultation.
- To make a low continuous noise, like the sound of rushing water or of the wind among trees, or like the hum of bees.
- To utter words indistinctly; mutter.
- To grumble; complain; utter complaints in a low, muttering voice; hence, in general, to express complaint or discontent: with at or against.
- Synonyms To repine, whimper.
- To utter indistinctly; say in a low indistinct voice; mutter.
- n. countable Low or indistinct sounds or speech.
- n. medicine The sound made by any condition which produces noisy, or turbulent, flow of blood through the heart.
- n. A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering voice; any expression of complaint or discontent
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A low, confused, and indistinct sound, like that of running water.
- n. A complaint half suppressed, or uttered in a low, muttering voice.
- v. To make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest.
- v. To utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; -- often with
- v. To utter or give forth in low or indistinct words or sounds.
- v. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
- n. a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
- n. an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
- v. speak softly or indistinctly
- n. a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
- n. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
- From Middle English murmur, murmor, murmour, from Old French murmure (modern French murmure), from Latin murmur ("murmur, humming, muttering, roaring, growling, rushing etc."), from Proto-Indo-European *mormur-, *mur- (“to mutter”). Reduplication points to imitative, onomatopoeic origin. Cognate with Sanskrit मर्मर (marmara, "rustling sound, murmur"), Ancient Greek μορμύρω (mormúrō, "to roar, boil"), Lithuanian mùrmėti ("to mutter, murmur, babble"), Old High German murmurōn, murmulōn ("to mumble, murmur"), Old Norse murra ("to grumble, mumble"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English murmure, from Old French, from Latin murmur, a humming, roaring, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To ask for anything more, my darker fears murmur, is to tempt destruction.”
“There's a soft awestruck murmur from the back of the bus: "Wow!”
“If your child's primary doctor thinks that the murmur is normal or innocent, he or she will note the murmur on the patient chart and listen again at later checkups for changes.”
“If your child's doctor feels comfortable that the murmur is innocent, there is no need for further cardiology evaluation.”
“A heart murmur is an extra sound besides the first and second heart sounds.”
“Sometimes the doctor will be concerned that the murmur is not innocent or normal.”
“And a sulky murmur comes from the chastened leaders on the front benches”
“The murmur is like a swoosh of too much blood coming out of the heart.”
“There was a soft murmur from the back of the room.”
“Pretty Conservative eh and yet not a murmur from the left pourqui?”
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