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murmuring sound, constant droning sound; act of singing with closed lips; busyness, state of being busy or occupied, state of appearing to be busily active
murmur, drone; sing with closed lips; work busily, be busily active
Hum Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.
  
(v. t.)
To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
  
(v. t.)
To express satisfaction with by humming.
  
(v. i.)
To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.
  
(v. i.)
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.
  
(v. i.)
To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
  
(v. i.)
To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.
  
(v. i.)
To express satisfaction by a humming noise.
  
(n.)
The confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry.
  
(n.)
Any inarticulate and buzzing sound
  
(n.)
An imposition or hoax.
  
(n.)
A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.
  
(n.)
A buzz or murmur, as of approbation.
  
(interj.)
An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.
  
(interj.)
Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.
  
(interj.)
A kind of strong drink formerly used.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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hum
\hum\ (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. hummed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. humming (?).] [of imitative origin; cf. g. hummen, d. hommelen. ?15.]
1. to make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums. fletcher. still humming on, their drowsy course they keep.
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.
3. [cf. hum, interj.] 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
\hum\, interj. [cf. hem, interj.] ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation.
hum
\hum\, 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. [colloq. & low]
hum
\hum\, 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.
2. any inarticulate and buzzing sound; as: (a) the confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry. but 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men. (b) a buzz or murmur, as of approbation.
3. an imposition or hoax.
4. [cf. hem, interj.] 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.
5. [perh. so called because strongly intoxicating.] a kind of strong drink formerly used. [obs.] & fl.


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Hum = n. a bat, a racket
Chwyrnu = v. to hum; to whiz; to snort; to snarl; to snore
Goglawd = n. a murmur, a hum
Grwnan = n. a hum; a purring, v. to hum, to drone
Shakespeare Words
a groan
Australian Slang
(adj) excellent, good
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. 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
(synonym) Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, Harkat ul-Ansar, HUA, Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, Al Faran, Movement of Holy Warriors
(hypernym) terrorist organization, terrorist group, foreign terrorist organization, FTO
(classification) Pakistan, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, West Pakistan

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"
(synonym) busyness
(hypernym) action, activity, activeness
2. a humming noise; "the hum of distant traffic"
(synonym) humming
(hypernym) noise
(derivation) buzz, seethe

Verb
1. sing with closed lips; "She hummed a melody"
(hypernym) sing
(derivation) hummer
2. be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity"
(synonym) buzz, seethe
(hypernym) be
(hyponym) teem, pullulate, swarm
(derivation) humming
3. sound with a monotonous hum
(synonym) thrum
(hypernym) sound, go
(derivation) humming
4. make a low continuous sound; "The refrigerator is humming"
(hypernym) make noise, resound, noise
(derivation) humming
Hum Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Develops and markets various managed care products through health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations; And offers various specialty and administrative service products including dental, group life and workers' compensation.
Hum Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
RF Electronics
A low-pitched undesired tone or tones, consisting of fundamental and/or several harmonically related frequencies, usually caused by electrical disturbances at the power supply frequency.
Hum Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Hum Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A hum is a sound made by producing a wordless tone with the mouth opened or closed, forcing the sound to emerge from the nose. To hum is to produce such a sound, often with a melody.

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Hum Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
An undesired low-pitched sound (at around 60 Hz and its harmonics) that can be heard along with the audio signal.
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Unwanted audible noise components which occur when 60 Hz AC power line current is accidentally introduced into the audio signal.
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Hum Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Hum or Hum (Sanskrit) A mystical syllable used as an interjection or exclamation in sentences in sacred texts such as mantras, closely akin to and virtually identic with the sacred syllables Om and Aum. In Vedic ritual, used before the singing of the Prastava (prelude), as well as during the chanting of the Pratihara (response). It is present in the well-known Tibetan mystical sentence Om mani padme hum.
Haoma (Avestan) Hum (Pahlavi) Homa (Persian) The Tree of Life; there are two haomas: the yellow or golden earthly haoma, which when prepared and used as an offering for sacrifice is the king of healing plants, the most sacred and powerful of all the offerings prescribed in the Mazdean scriptures. This haoma is equivalent to the Hindu soma -- the sacred drink used in the temples, and is said to endow he who drinks it with the property of mind.
The white haoma (or hom) is called the Gokard, the sacred tree of eternal life created by Ahura Mazda which grows up in the middle of the Farakhard ocean (unbounded ocean or the waters of space), surrounded by the ten thousand healing plants, created by Ahura Mazda to counteract the 99,999 diseases created by Angra Mainyu. By the drinking of the Gokard men will become immortal on the day of the resurrection, according to the Bundahish. From the white haoma was also cut the sacred baresma of the Mobeds.
In later esoteric Persian literature, Simorgh takes the place of haoma at the top of Mount Alborz. It finally becomes the mythical bird that brings happiness and good fortune to those he protects.
The fruit of the haoma was the fruit of the tree of knowledge and wisdom (later transformed into the forbidden fruit), similar to the apples of wisdom and the pippala. See also ASVATTHA
Hum Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
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