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·ing a. & n. from Sing, v.
Singing bird. Zool. (a) Popularly, any bird that sings; a song bird. (b) Specifically, any one of the Oscines.
Singing book, a book containing music for singing; a book of tunes.
Singing falcon or Singing hawk. Zool. See Chanting falcon, under Chanting.
Singing fish Zool., a California toadfish (Porichthys porosissimus), called also midshipman; -- so called because it produces a buzzing sound with its air bladder.
Singing flame Acoustics, a flame, as of hydrogen or coal gas, burning within a tube and so adjusted as to set the air within the tube in vibration, causing sound. The apparatus is called also chemical harmonicon.
Singing master, a man who teaches vocal music.
Singing school, a school in which persons are instructed in singing.
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]
adj : smooth and flowing [syn: cantabile]
n 1: the act of singing vocal music [syn: vocalizing]
2: disclosing information or giving evidence about another
[syn: tattle, telling]