moaning


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moan

 (mōn)
n.
1.
a. A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.
b. A similar sound: the eerie moan of the night wind.
2. A complaint: his tiresome moans about his boss.
v. moaned, moan·ing, moans
v.intr.
1.
a. To utter a moan or moans.
b. To make a sound resembling a moan: A saxophone moaned in the background.
2. To complain, lament, or grieve: an old man who still moans about his misspent youth.
v.tr.
1. To bewail or bemoan: She moaned her misfortunes to anyone who would listen.
2. To utter with moans or a moan.

[Middle English mone, from Old English *mān; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.]
Translations

moaning

[ˈməʊnɪŋ] N
1. (= groans) → gemidos mpl
2. (= complaints) → quejas fpl, protestas fpl

moaning

[ˈməʊnɪŋ] n (= groaning) → gémissements mpl
(= complaints) → pleurnicheries fpl

moaning

n
Stöhnen nt; (of wind)Seufzen nt; (of trees etc)Raunen nt (geh)
(= grumbling)Gestöhn(e) nt

moaning

[ˈməʊnɪŋ] ngemiti mpl, lamenti mpl
References in classic literature ?
She stood with her bright angry eyes confronting the wide stare, and the set face; and softened no more, when the moaning was repeated, than if the face had been a picture.
Motionless, rigid, staring; moaning in the same dumb way from time to time, with the same helpless motion of the head; but giving no other sign of life.
I lifted up the leaden hand, and held it to my heart; and all the world seemed death and silence, broken only by his mother's moaning.
There is infinite variety in the gales of wind at sea, and except for the peculiar, terrible, and mysterious moaning that may be heard sometimes passing through the roar of a hurricane - except for that unforgettable sound, as if the soul of the universe had been goaded into a mournful groan - it is, after all, the human voice that stamps the mark of human consciousness upon the character of a gale.
"Ah, poor Mary," she cried, and tenderly embraced the moaning one.
Suddenly a low but distinct moaning sound issued from the recesses of the cave behind me, and, as it reached the ears of the Indians, they turned and fled in terror, panic-stricken.
Pavel made a rasping sound when he breathed, and he kept moaning. We waited.
As the white man drew closer he could hear a low and continuous moaning and groaning.
From the hospital still proceeded the moaning of the sick.
The gale through the moaning trees Fitfully rushes.
As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning.
One resident living in Tranmere said he was woken by the sound of a woman "crying and moaning" in his street in the early hours of yesterday.