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hum

 (hŭm)
v. hummed, hum·ming, hums
v.intr.
1.
a. To emit a continuous low droning sound like that of the speech sound (m) when prolonged.
b. To emit the continuous droning sound of a bee on the wing; buzz.
c. To give forth a low continuous drone blended of many sounds: The avenue hummed with traffic.
2. To be in a state of busy activity.
3. To produce a tune without opening the lips or forming words.
v.tr.
1. To sing (a tune) without opening the lips or forming words.
2. Baseball To throw or pitch (a ball) very fast.
n.
1. The sound produced by humming.
2. The act of humming.
interj.
Used to indicate hesitation, surprise, or displeasure.

[Middle English hummen, of imitative origin.]

hum′ma·ble adj.

hum

(hʌm)
vb, hums, humming or hummed
1. (intr) to make a low continuous vibrating sound like that of a prolonged m
2. (Music, other) (intr) (of a person) to sing with the lips closed
3. (intr) to utter an indistinct sound, as in hesitation; hem
4. (intr) informal to be in a state of feverish activity
5. (intr) slang Brit and Irish to smell unpleasant
6. (intr) slang Austral to scrounge
7. hum and haw See hem23
n
8. a low continuous murmuring sound
9. (Electronics) electronics an undesired low-frequency noise in the output of an amplifier or receiver, esp one caused by the power supply
10. slang Austral a scrounger; cadger
11. slang Brit and Irish an unpleasant odour
interj, n
an indistinct sound of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
[C14: of imitative origin; compare Dutch hommelen, Old High German humbal bumblebee]
ˈhummer n

hum

(hʌm)

v. hummed, hum•ming,
n., interj. v.i.
1. to make a low, continuous droning sound.
2. to sing with closed lips, without articulating words.
3. to give forth an indistinct sound of mingled voices or noises.
4. to utter an indistinct sound in hesitation, embarrassment, or dissatisfaction; hem.
5. to be in a state of busy activity; bustle.
v.t.
6. to sound or utter by humming: to hum a tune.
7. to bring, put, etc., by humming: to hum a child to sleep.
n.
8. the act or sound of humming.
interj.
9. (an inarticulate sound uttered in contemplation, hesitation, dissatisfaction, doubt, etc.)
[1300–50; Middle English; ultimately imitative; compare Middle High German hummen to hum]
hum′mer, n.

hum


Past participle: hummed
Gerund: humming

Imperative
hum
hum
Present
I hum
you hum
he/she/it hums
we hum
you hum
they hum
Preterite
I hummed
you hummed
he/she/it hummed
we hummed
you hummed
they hummed
Present Continuous
I am humming
you are humming
he/she/it is humming
we are humming
you are humming
they are humming
Present Perfect
I have hummed
you have hummed
he/she/it has hummed
we have hummed
you have hummed
they have hummed
Past Continuous
I was humming
you were humming
he/she/it was humming
we were humming
you were humming
they were humming
Past Perfect
I had hummed
you had hummed
he/she/it had hummed
we had hummed
you had hummed
they had hummed
Future
I will hum
you will hum
he/she/it will hum
we will hum
you will hum
they will hum
Future Perfect
I will have hummed
you will have hummed
he/she/it will have hummed
we will have hummed
you will have hummed
they will have hummed
Future Continuous
I will be humming
you will be humming
he/she/it will be humming
we will be humming
you will be humming
they will be humming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been humming
you have been humming
he/she/it has been humming
we have been humming
you have been humming
they have been humming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been humming
you will have been humming
he/she/it will have been humming
we will have been humming
you will have been humming
they will have been humming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been humming
you had been humming
he/she/it had been humming
we had been humming
you had been humming
they had been humming
Conditional
I would hum
you would hum
he/she/it would hum
we would hum
you would hum
they would hum
Past Conditional
I would have hummed
you would have hummed
he/she/it would have hummed
we would have hummed
you would have hummed
they would have hummed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hum - the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activityhum - the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity; "they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers"; "there is a constant hum of military preparation"
activeness, activity, action - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
2.HUM - an Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
3.hum - a humming noisehum - a humming noise; "the hum of distant traffic"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Verb1.hum - sing with closed lips; "She hummed a melody"
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
2.hum - be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
pullulate, swarm, teem - be teeming, be abuzz; "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"
3.hum - sound with a monotonous hum
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
4.hum - make a low continuous sound; "The refrigerator is humming"
make noise, noise, resound - emit a noise

hum

verb
1. drone, buzz, murmur, throb, vibrate, purr, croon, thrum, whir We could hear a buzz, like a bee humming.
2. (Informal) be busy, buzz, bustle, move, stir, pulse, be active, vibrate, pulsate On Saturday morning, the town hums with activity.
noun
1. buzz, murmur, drone There was a general hum of conversation around them.
hum and haw or hem and haw hesitate, waver, dither, vacillate, be indecisive, falter, swither (Scot. dialect) My mother hummed and hawed at first, then she agreed.

hum

verb
To make a continuous low-pitched droning sound:
noun
A continuous low-pitched droning sound:
Translations
طنين، دَنْدَنَهيُرَنِّمُ ، يُدَنْدِنُيَضِجُّ بالحَرَكَةِ والنَّشاطيَطِنُّيُهِمَّهُمُ
bzučetčile se hýbathřmotbroukatbrumlání
summesummenbrummennynne
huminahurinahyminähymistähyrinä
pjevušiti
zümmögés
humma; raula meî lokaîan munnsuî, niîursuîavera á fullu
ブンブンいう
윙윙거리다
dūzgimaskolibrisūžimasvirte virti
dūkoņadūktdungošanadungotizrādīt aktivitāti
hukot
brenčatibrundati
nynna
ร้องเพลงในคอ
kêu vo ve

hum

[hʌm]
A. N (gen) (Elec) → zumbido m; [of voices] → murmullo m
B. VT [+ tune] → canturrear, tararear
C. VI
1. [insect, wire] → zumbar; [person] → canturrear, tararear una canción
2. (fig) (= be busy) → bullir, hervir
the market place was hummingel mercado era un hervidero (de actividad), el mercado bullía or hervía de actividad
to make things humhacer que la cosa marche
to hum with activitybullir de actividad
3. (= smell) → oler mal
4. to hum and hawvacilar

hum

[ˈhʌm]
vt [+ tune] → fredonner
vi
[person] → fredonner
[insect] → bourdonner
[machine] → vrombir
n
[tune] → fredonnement m
a hum of conversation → un bourdonnement de conversation
[insect] → bourdonnement m
[machine] → vrombissement m

hum

n
(of insect, person)Summen nt; (of traffic)Brausen nt; (of engine, electric tool, radio, top etc)Brummen nt; (of small machine, camera etc)Surren nt; (of voices)Gemurmel nt
(inf: = smell) → Gestank m (inf)
vi
(insect, person)summen; (traffic)brausen; (engine, electric tool, radio, top etc)brummen; (small machine, camera etc)surren; the lines were humming with the news (fig)die Drähte liefen heiß
(fig inf: party, concert etc) → in Schwung kommen; to make things/the party humdie Sache/die Party in Schwung bringen; the headquarters was humming with activityim Hauptquartier ging es zu wie in einem Bienenstock
to hum and haw (inf)herumdrucksen (inf)(over, about um)
(inf: = smell) → stinken (inf)
vt music, tunesummen
interjhm

hum

[hʌm]
1. n (also) (Elec) → ronzio; (of traffic, machines) → rumore m; (of voices) → mormorio, brusio
2. vt (tune) → canticchiare
3. vi (insect) → ronzare; (person) → canticchiare a labbra chiuse; (engine, machine) → rombare; (wireless) → mandare un brusio (fig) (fam) (be busy) → animarsi
to make things hum (fam) → fare procedere le cose speditamente
to hum with activity → pullulare di attività
to hum and haw → essere incerto/a sul da farsi

hum

(ham) past tense, past participle hummed verb
1. to make a musical sound with closed lips. He was humming a tune to himself.
2. to make a similar sound. The bees were humming round the hive.
3. to be active. Things are really humming round here.
noun
a humming sound. I could hear the hum of the machines; a hum of conversation.
ˈhumming-bird noun
a small brightly-coloured American bird which makes a humming sound with its wings.

hum

يُهِمَّهُمُ bzučet summe summen βουΐζω tararear, zumbar surista fredonner pjevušiti canticchiare ブンブンいう 윙윙거리다 zoemen surre zabrzęczeć zumbir гудеть nynna ร้องเพลงในคอ vızıldamak kêu vo ve 嗡嗡叫

hum

n. susurro; tarareo; zumbido;
vt. [music] tararear; zumbar; murmurar, susurrar.
References in classic literature ?
He clasped his hands behind his head, and looking up at the ceiling began to hum a little, trying his voice like a musician tuning an instrument.
So soon as the first hum of emotion and pleasure, which the sudden appearance of this venerated individual created, had a little subsided, the name of "Tamenund" was whispered from mouth to mouth.
In the solitude of night, with the hum of the great city rising below her-- at times even in theatres or crowded assemblies of men and women-- she forgot herself, and again stood in the weird brilliancy of that moonlight night in mute worship at the foot of that slowly-rising mystic altar of piled terraces, hanging forests, and lifted plateaus that climbed forever to the lonely skies.
Yet, late as it now was, there still arose a pleasant hum out of one or two of the squash-blossoms, in the depths ofwich these bees were plying their golden labor.
From hence the low murmur of his pupils' voices, conning over their lessons, might be heard in a drowsy summer's day, like the hum of a beehive; interrupted now and then by the authoritative voice of the master, in the tone of menace or command, or, peradventure, by the appalling sound of the birch, as he urged some tardy loiterer along the flowery path of knowledge.
He would hum over his old rigadig tunes while flank and flank with the most exasperated monster.
A low advancing hum was soon heard; and then like to the tumultuous masses of block-ice when the great river Hudson breaks up in Spring, the entire host of whales came tumbling upon their inner centre, as if to pile themselves up in one common mountain.
It is an American tune this time, one which they have picked up on the streets; all seem to know the words of it--or, at any rate, the first line of it, which they hum to themselves, over and over again without rest: "In the good old summertime--in the good old summertime
Yet I did detect, when the wind lulled and hearing was done away, the finest imaginable sweet musical hum,--as of a distant hive in May, which perchance was the sound of their thinking.
Suddenly, the martial note of a bugle cleaves the hum and murmur - clear the ring!
The latter usually hum the airs while they are being sung, so that their neighbors may perceive that they have been to operas before.
And, then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw, and he lit into that horse with his whip and made him fairly hum -- and finally skipped off, and made his bow and danced off to the dressing-room, and everybody just a-howling with pleasure and astonishment.