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hum

Noun

1 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" [syn: busyness]
2 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 [syn: Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, Harkat ul-Ansar, HUA, Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, Al Faran, Movement of Holy Warriors]
3 a humming noise; "the hum of distant traffic" [syn: humming]

Verb

1 sing with closed lips; "She hummed a melody"
2 be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity" [syn: buzz, seethe]
3 sound with a monotonous hum [syn: thrum]
4 make a low continuous sound; "The refrigerator is humming" [also: humming, hummed]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A tune created orally with lips closed.
  2. An often indistinct sound resembling that produced by humming.

Translations

tune created orally with lips closed
  • Finnish: hyminä
  • Russian: жужжание
indistinct sound resembling that produced by humming
  • Finnish: humina, hurina, surina, hyrinä, pörinä, porina
  • Russian: жужжание

Verb

  1. To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.
  2. To smell bad.
  3. To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.

Translations

to make sound with lips closed
  • Dutch: neuriën
  • Finnish: hymistä
  • French: fredonner
  • Russian: жужжать

Extensive Definition

Hum may refer to:
  • Hum (sound), a sound produced with closed lips, or by machinery, insects, or other periodic motion
  • The Hum, a phenomenon involving a persistent and invasive low-frequency noise of unknown origin which occurs in some geographic locations.
  • Hum (band), a U.S. space-rock band
  • Hum, Croatia, known as the smallest town in the world
  • Hum (film), a 1991 Bollywood film starring Amitabh Bachchan
  • Mains hum, an electric or electromagnetic phenomenon that causes a low frequency (50 or 60 Hz) audible signal
  • Hum Mountain, a mountain in Serbia
  • Land of Hum, an English translation of the Zahumlje region of modern Herzegovina
  • Hum, a possible transliteration of the sixth syllable in Buddhist "Six syllable mantra" Om mani padme hum
  • Hum., an abbreviation for Humanities
  • HUM, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, an Islamic militant group based in Pakistan
hum in French: Hum
hum in Italian: HUM
hum in Japanese: ハム (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Indian file, anthem, array, articulation, ballad, bank, bel canto, birdies, birr, blooping, blurping, bombilate, bombilation, bombinate, bombination, boom, booming, bravura, bum, burr, buzz, buzzing, carol, catena, catenation, chain, chain reaction, chaining, chant, chirp, chirrup, choir, choral singing, chorus, coloratura, concatenation, connection, consecution, continue the same, continuum, course, croon, crooning, cycle, descant, descent, distortion, do-re-mi, drag along, drag on, drone, droning, endless belt, endless round, falter, feedback, file, filiation, flutter, fluttering, folk singing, gamut, gradation, halt, haw, hem, hem and haw, hesitate, hissing, howling, hum and haw, humming, hymn, intonate, intonation, intone, lilt, line, lineage, low rumbling, lyricism, mammer, minstrel, monotone, motorboating, nexus, operatic singing, pendulum, periodicity, persist, pipe, plenum, powder train, prevail, progression, psalm, purr, purring, quaver, queue, range, rank, recurrence, reticulation, rotation, roulade, round, routine, row, rumble, run, run through, scale, scat, scat singing, scratching, sequence, serenade, series, shake, shredding, sing, sing in chorus, singing, single file, sol-fa, sol-fa exercise, solfeggio, solmizate, solmization, song, spectrum, squeals, stammer, static, string, stumble, stutter, succession, swath, thread, thrum, thrumming, tier, tonic sol-fa, train, tremolo, trill, troll, tweedle, tweedledee, twit, twitter, vocal music, vocalization, vocalize, warble, warbling, whir, whirring, whistle, whistles, whiz, whizzing, windrow, woomping, wow, wowwows, yodel, yodeling
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