American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Music To utter a series of words or sounds in musical tones.
- v. Music To vocalize songs or selections.
- v. Music To perform songs or selections as a trained or professional singer.
- v. Music To produce sounds when played: made the violin sing.
- v. To make melodious sounds: birds singing outside the window.
- v. To give or have the effect of melody; lilt.
- v. To make a high whining, humming, or whistling sound.
- v. To be filled with a buzzing or ringing sound.
- v. To proclaim or extol something in verse.
- v. To write poetry.
- v. Slang To give information or evidence against someone.
- v. Music To produce the musical sound of: sang a love song.
- v. Music To utter with musical inflections: She sang the message.
- v. Music To bring to a specified state by singing: sang the baby to sleep.
- v. To intone or chant (parts of the Mass, for example).
- v. To proclaim or extol, especially in verse: sang his praises.
- n. Music A gathering of people for group singing.
- sing out To call out loudly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter words or inarticulate sounds in musical succession or with a tone that is musical in quality; chant: said of human beings.
- Specifically, to intone.
- To produce tuneful, musical, or rhythmical sounds: said of certain birds, beasts, and insects, and of various inanimate things: as, singing sands.
- To give out a continuous murmuring, humming, buzzing, or whistling sound.
- To cry out with pain or displeasure; squeal.
- To compose verse; relate or rehearse something in numbers or verse.
- To have the sensation of a continuous humming or ringing sound; ring.
- To be capable of being sung; be adaptable to a musical setting.
- Technically, an oscine passerine bird, whether it can sing or not; any member of the Oscines or Cantatores, many of which are songless.
- To utter in musical sounds or with musical alternations of pitch; chant.
- Specifically, to intone.
- To celebrate with singing, or with some form of sound resembling singing; proclaim musically or resonantly; chant.
- To frame, utter, or declaim in poetic form.
- To celebrate in numbers or verse; describe or glorify in poetry.
- To utter with enthusiasm; celebrate: as, to sing a person's praises on all occasions.
- To usher in or out, attend on, or accompany with singing: as, to sing the old year out and the new year in.
- To bring, send, force, or effect, as any end or change, by singing: as, to sing a child to sleep.
- Synonyms To carol, warble, chant, hymn.
- n. A singing; an entertainment of song.
- n. An abbreviation of singular.
- v. intransitive To produce musical or harmonious sounds with one’s voice.
- v. transitive To express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization.
- v. slang To confess under interrogation.
- n. A gathering for the purpose of singing songs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To utter sounds with musical inflections or melodious modulations of voice, as fancy may dictate, or according to the notes of a song or tune, or of a given part (as alto, tenor, etc.) in a chorus or concerted piece.
- v. To utter sweet melodious sounds, as birds do.
- v. To make a small, shrill sound.
- v. To tell or relate something in numbers or verse; to celebrate something in poetry.
- v. obsolete To cry out; to complain.
- v. To utter with musical inflections or modulations of voice.
- v. To celebrate in song; to give praises to in verse; to relate or rehearse in numbers, verse, or poetry.
- v. To influence by singing; to lull by singing.
- v. To accompany, or attend on, with singing.
- v. to make melodious sounds
- v. divulge confidential information or secrets
- v. produce tones with the voice
- v. deliver by singing
- v. make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound
- From Middle English singen, from Old English singan 'to sing, recite', from Proto-Germanic *singwanan (compare West Frisian sjonge, Dutch zingen, German singen, Swedish sjunga), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷh- (compare Welsh deongl 'to explain', Ancient Greek omphē 'voice, oracle', Prakrit saṃghai 'to say, teach'). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English singen, from Old English singan; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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