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v. thrummed, thrum·ming, thrums
1. Music To play (a stringed instrument) idly or monotonously: thrummed a guitar.
2. To speak, repeat, or recite in a monotonous tone of voice; drone.
1. Music To strum idly on a stringed instrument.
2. To speak in a monotonous tone of voice; drone.
A thrumming sound.
a. The fringe of warp threads left on a loom after the cloth has been cut off.
b. One of these threads.
2. A loose end, fringe, or tuft of thread or wool.
tr.v. thrummed, thrum·ming, thrums
1. To cover or trim with thrums; fringe.
2. To knit thrums into (mittens, hats, or socks).
[Middle English, from Old English -thrum, ligament (in tungethrum, ligament of the tongue).]
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vb, thrums, thrumming or thrummed
1. (Music, other) to strum rhythmically but without expression on (a musical instrument)
2. (intr) to drum incessantly: rain thrummed on the roof.
3. to repeat (something) monotonously
a repetitive strumming or recitation
[C16: of imitative origin]
a. any of the unwoven ends of warp thread remaining on the loom when the web has been removed
b. such ends of thread collectively
2. (Textiles) a fringe or tassel of short unwoven threads
vb, thrums, thrumming or thrummed
(Textiles) (tr) to trim with thrums
[C14: from Old English; related to Old High German drum remnant, Dutch dreum]
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v. thrummed, thrum•ming,
1. to pluck the strings of a guitar or other stringed instrument, esp. idly; strum.
2. to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar.
3. to drum or tap idly with the fingers.v.t.
4. to play (a stringed instrument or a melody) by plucking the strings, esp. idly; strum.
5. to drum or tap idly on.n.
6. a dull, monotonous sound.
n., v. thrummed, thrum•ming. n.
1. one of the ends of the warp threads in a loom, left unwoven and remaining attached to the loom when the web is cut off.
2. thrums, the row or fringe of such threads.
a. any short piece of waste thread or yarn.
b. a tuft or fringe of such pieces.
4. to furnish or cover with thrums, ends of thread, or tufts.
[before 1000; Middle English throm end-piece, Old English -thrum, in tungethrum ligament of the tongue, c. Old High German drum end-piece; akin to Old Norse thrǫmr brim, edge]
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Thruma band; a troop; a crowded area; a bundle of arrows, 1450.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: thrummed
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|Noun||1.||thrum - a thrumming sound; "he could hear the thrum of a banjo"|
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
|Verb||1.||thrum - sound with a monotonous hum|
|2.||thrum - sound the strings of (a string instrument); "strum a guitar"|
sound - cause to sound; "sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"
|3.||thrum - make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"|
beat - indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"
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vt guitar → klimpern auf (+dat), → schlagen; tune → klimpern (auf der Gitarre etc); he thrummed the desk with his fingers, he thrummed his fingers on the desk → er trommelte mit seinen Fingern auf der Schreibtischplatte
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