Hum v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hummed p. pr. & vb. n. Humming ]
1. To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
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.
Note: ☞ Formerly the habit of audiences was to express gratification by humming and displeasure by hissing.
5. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.
Hum·ming a. Emitting a murmuring sound; droning; murmuring; buzzing.
Hum·ming, n. A sound like that made by bees; a low, murmuring sound; a hum.
Hummingale, lively or strong ale. --Dryden.
Humming-bird moth Zool., a hawk moth. See Hawk moth, under Hawk, the bird.
n 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]
v 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]
n 1: a humming noise; "the hum of distant traffic" [syn: hum]
2: the act of singing with closed lips