: a low indistinct but often continuous sound
a murmur of voices
the murmur of the waves along the shore
: a soft or gentle utterance
the murmur of nannies cooing into baby carriages—Nancy Gibbs
: an atypical sound of the heart typically indicating a functional or structural abnormality
The physician detected a heart murmur in his patient.
murmured; murmuring; murmurs
: to make a murmur
the breeze murmured in the pines
: to say in a murmur
Noun the murmur of the crowd The suggestion brought murmurs of disapproval. He spoke in a murmur. They spoke to each other in murmurs. the murmur of the waves along the shore Verb He murmured something about having to get home. “Thank you,” she murmured as she left the room. The breeze murmured in the pines. See More
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NounThere was a bustle, the murmur of the crowd would reverberate off the walls. —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023 Moskvitch offers riveting explanations of what astronomers have learned so far using radio telescopes, starting with Jocelyn Bell’s discovery in 1967 of the first pulsar, and what puzzles remain in the tantrums as well as quiet murmur of neutron stars. —Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 The superb soundtrack deepens that push-pull, in the sibilant whoosh of ocean waves, the gentle percussion of rain against a city window, the incessant murmur of an airport terminal. —Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2023 She murmur repeats — part bumbling professor, part conspiratorial best friend. —Danielle Pergament, Allure, 9 Nov. 2022 As one walks into the art piece, the loud music from dance crews, the murmur of the crowd and the bright lights of the billboards seem to fade away. —New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 There are a lot of murmurs in the air that the next generation of language models are going to be really powerful. —Aparna Dhinakaran, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 When Portland sliced the deficit to 13 with 2:24 left in the third, there were audible murmurs from the TD Garden crowd. —Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Mar. 2023 Sometimes a person gets an echocardiogram to look for the cause of a heart murmur, or for some other reason, and they are found to have mild valve abnormalities, such as a leaking valve. —Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2023
VerbRelated While fans have been murmuring about a potential battle between the Atlanta mainstay and Bad Boy CEO since 2020, the two legends joined the conversation in 2021, after Dupri challenged Diddy in a tweet. —Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 9 May 2023 Ralph Martinez was once a man under a bridge, sleeping on the dirt, shooting heroin into a neck vein, listening to men with liquor bottles murmuring around barrel fires in the night. —Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2023 After months of murmuring, the latest A-list ensemble project from The Big Short and Don’t Look Up filmmaker Adam McKay has hit Hollywood. —Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2023 Leading the Lakers to a 117-112 victory, Davis dominated from the deafening start to the murmuring finish. —Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Taken as a whole, the show is an extended conversation—conspiratorially murmuring, fruitfully clashing—across time and space. —Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2023 The arena murmured with laughter, then a chorus of boos rang from an arena bathed in white. —Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Feb. 2023 In an uncomfortable scene captured on video by the debate audience, Hinds hoisted himself out of his wheelchair, pulled his legs up onto the stage and clung to a metal chair leg as the audience murmured and the debate’s organizers discussed how to accommodate him. —Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2023 Advertisement Together, readers attune their ears to alternate rhythms murmuring through nature, from the eons of geologic history to the miniscule magic of moss spores sprouting. —Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2023 See More
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