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hum



Pronunciation: (hum), [key]
v., hummed, hum•ming,
n., interj.


v.i.
1. to make a low, continuous, droning sound.
2. to give forth an indistinct sound of mingled voices or noises.
3. to utter an indistinct sound in hesitation, embarrassment, dissatisfaction, etc.; hem.
4. to sing with closed lips, without articulating words.
5. to be in a state of busy activity: The household hummed in preparation for the wedding.
6. Brit. Slang.to have a bad odor, as of stale perspiration.

v.t.
1. to sound, sing, or utter by humming: to hum a tune.
2. to bring, put, etc., by humming: to hum a child to sleep.

n.
1. the act or sound of humming; an inarticulate or indistinct murmur; hem.
2. Audio.an unwanted low-frequency sound caused by power-line frequencies in any audio component.

interj.
(an inarticulate sound uttered in contemplation, hesitation, dissatisfaction, doubt, etc.)

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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