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hum

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verb, \ˈhəm\

Simple Definition of hum

  • : to make a low continuous sound

  • : to sing the notes of a song while keeping your lips closed

  • : to be very active or busy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hum

hummedhumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to utter a sound like that of the speech sound \m\ prolonged b :  to make the natural noise of an insect in motion or a similar sound :  drone c :  to give forth a low continuous blend of sound

  3. 2 a :  to be busily active <the museum hummed with visitors> b :  to run smoothly <the business started to hum>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to sing with the lips closed and without articulation

  6. 2 :  to affect or express by humming <hummed his displeasure>

hum noun
hummable play \ˈhə-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of hum in a sentence

  1. The garden was humming with bees.

  2. The refrigerator hummed in the background.

  3. I was humming to myself.

  4. We hummed along to the music.

  5. I hummed a little song.

  6. By noon, the office was really humming.

  7. The restaurant hums on weekends.



Origin of hum

Middle English hummen; akin to Middle High German hummen to hum, Middle Dutch hommel bumblebee


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with hum


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hum

Definition of hum

  1. chiefly British variant of hem





HUM Defined for Kids

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hum

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verb \ˈhəm\

Definition of hum for Students

hummedhumming

  1. 1 :  to utter a sound like a long \m\

  2. 2 :  to make the buzzing noise of a flying insect

  3. 3 :  to make musical tones with closed lips

  4. 4 :  to give forth a low murmur of sounds <The street was humming with activity.>

  5. 5 :  to be very busy or active <The mall hummed with shoppers.>




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hum

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noun

Definition of hum for Students

  1. 1 :  a low continuous noise <the hum of bees>

  2. 2 :  musical tones voiced without words




Medical Dictionary

hum

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noun \ˈhəm\

Medical Definition of hum

  1. :  a sound like that made by humming; especially :  venous hum





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