from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act, process, or result of uttering sounds that are musical in quality or in succession; chanting; cantillation.
  • noun The act of telling, narrating, or describing anything in verse.
  • noun A sensation as of a prolonged ringing sound in the ears or head; tinnitus aurium.
  • Of tones, sustained and sonorous, as if produced by a well-trained voice; cantabile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from sing, v.
  • (Zoöl.) Specifically, any one of the Oscines.
  • a book containing music for singing; a book of tunes.
  • (Zoöl.) See Chanting falcon, under Chanting.
  • (Zoöl.) a California toadfish (Porichthys porosissimus), called also midshipman; -- so called because it produces a buzzing sound with its air bladder.
  • (Acoustics) a flame, as of hydrogen or coal gas, burning within a tube and so adjusted as to set the air within the tube in vibration, causing sound. The apparatus is called also chemical harmonicon.
  • a man who teaches vocal music.
  • a school in which persons are instructed in singing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of using the voice to produce musical sounds; vocalizing.
  • noun informal Disclosing information, or giving evidence about another.
  • noun US A gathering for the purpose of singing shape note songs.
  • adjective music Smooth and flowing.
  • adjective of a kettle, etc. Producing a whistling sound due to the escape of steam.
  • verb Present participle of sing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of singing vocal music
  • noun disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  • adjective smooth and flowing


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  • Who among us truly believes that the unemployment rate -- still stuck way above 9 percent--would be so much lower if Obama had spent the first two years of his term singing lullabies to the chief executives of the Wall Street institutions that enriched themselves at the expense of taxpayers and working people, rather than occasionally seeking to hold them to account?

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  • Japanese chess, story-telling, and the samisen fill up the early part of the evening, but later, an agonising performance, which they call singing, begins, which sounds like the very essence of heathenishness, and consists mainly in a prolonged vibrating

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  • The sheikhs generally encamped at a little distance from us, and as they were given to nocturnal conversations and monotonous noises which they called singing, we were glad they were not too near.

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  • That sound is a mere nervous sensation is further proved by the fact that we have disturbances of the auditory nerve which we call singing in the ears.

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  • All people who would be kind enough to dress in strange costumes and make odd noises, which they called singing, the earl had carefully engaged, and planted in the best places for making them look still stranger than they were.

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