Sing v. i. [imp. Sung or Sang p. p. Sung; p. pr. & vb. n. Singing.]
1. To utter sounds with musical inflections or melodious modulations of voice, as fancy may dictate, or according to the notes of a song or tune, or of a given part (as alto, tenor, etc.) in a chorus or concerted piece.
The noise of them that sing do I hear. --Ex. xxxii. 18.
2. To utter sweet melodious sounds, as birds do.
On every bough the briddes heard I sing. --Chaucer.
Singing birds, in silver cages hung. --Dryden.
3. To make a small, shrill sound; as, the air sings in passing through a crevice.
O'er his head the flying spear
Sang innocent, and spent its force in air. --Pope.
4. To tell or relate something in numbers or verse; to celebrate something in poetry.
Bid her . . . sing
Of human hope by cross event destroyed. --Prior.
5. To cry out; to complain. [Obs.]
They should sing if thet they were bent. --Chaucer.
Sing v. t.
1. To utter with musical inflections or modulations of voice.
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb. --Rev. xv. 3.
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise. --Keble.
2. To celebrate in song; to give praises to in verse; to relate or rehearse in numbers, verse, or poetry.
Arms and the man I sing. --Dryden.
The last, the happiest British king,
Whom thou shalt paint or I shall sing. --Addison.
3. To influence by singing; to lull by singing; as, to sing a child to sleep.
4. To accompany, or attend on, with singing.
I heard them singing home the bride. --Longfellow.
v 1: deliver by singing; "Sing Christmas carols"
2: produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was
cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
3: to make melodious sounds; "The nightingale was singing"
4: make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound; "the kettle was
singing"; "the bullet sang past his ear" [syn: whistle]
5: divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be
careful--his secretary talks" [syn: spill the beans, let
the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, blab, peach,
babble, babble out, blab out] [ant: keep quiet]
[also: sung, singing, sang]