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hum

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verb \ˈhəm\

Definition of hum

hummed

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humming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to utter a sound like that of the speech sound \m\ prolonged humming along with the musicb :  to make the natural noise of an insect in motion or a similar sound :  drone listening to the bees hum in the gardenc :  to give forth a low continuous blend of sound the sound of children's voices with which the house was always humming — J. M. Brinnin

  3. 2a :  to be busily active the museum hummed with visitorsb :  to run smoothly the business started to hum

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to sing with the lips closed and without uttering speech sounds distinctly hum a tune

  6. 2 :  to express by making a vocal sound with the lips pressed together :  to affect 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 and Etymology of hum

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


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hum

Definition of hum

  1. chiefly British spelling of 3hem, 4hem



HUM Defined for English Language Learners

hum

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verb

Definition of hum for English Language Learners

  • : to make a low continuous sound

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

  • : to be very active or busy


HUM Defined for Kids

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hum

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verb \ˈhəm\

Definition of hum for Students

hummed

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humming

  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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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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