Hum

Definition of Hum

Pronunciation: hŭm
v. i.1.To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
[imp. & p. p. Hummed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Humming .]
Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep.
- Pope.
2.To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone.
The cloudy messenger turns me his back,
And hums.
- Shak.
3.To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.
4.To express satisfaction by a humming noise.
Here the spectators hummed.
- Trial of the Regicides.
5.To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, - a pathological condition.
v. t.1.To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.
2.To express satisfaction with by humming.
3.To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
n.1.A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.
The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums.
- Shak.
2.Any inarticulate and buzzing sound
But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men.
- Byron.
3.A buzz or murmur, as of approbation.
3.An imposition or hoax.
4.An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.
These shrugs, these hums and ha's.
- Shak.
5.A kind of strong drink formerly used.
Venous hum
See under Venous.
interj.1.Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.

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