verb (thrums, thrumming, thrummed)[no object]
1Make a continuous rhythmic humming sound: the boat’s huge engines thrummed in his ears
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- The only sounds were bugs thrumming in the grasses above and birds chirping even higher up.
- There is the occasional bit of ambient engine thrumming, or an occasional starship flyby that uses directional effects, but these uses are infrequent and nothing to write home about.
- Outside the dramatically beautiful Saitama stadium the coaches were waiting to leave, their engines thrumming in the darkness.
1.1 [with object] Strum (the strings of a musical instrument) in a rhythmic way.
- A case in point is ‘Smelling Limes In Winter’ which begins with thrumming, dulcimer-like pluckings through which a central drone rises.
- Stretched full upon the floor would lay the minstrel, lute in hands, thrumming gently as his voice rang out through the marble room.
- The blind man had finished his song; he began thrumming the strings again and singing amusing ballads.
noun[usually in singular] Back to top
A continuous rhythmic humming sound: the steady thrum of rain on the windows
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- Conversations aggregate into a low thrum that sounds like oiled loafers swooshing over carpet.
- A loud whoop was briefly transmitted from the ship before the only sound was the thrum of the thrusters as the captain throttled them back down.
- The sounds of their talking was a steady thrum in my ears, growing louder and louder as Four's hand on my arm grew tighter and tighter.
Late 16th century (as a verb): imitative.
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1(In weaving) an unwoven end of a warp thread, or a fringe of such ends, left in the loom when the finished cloth is cut away.
- The new yarn is fastened to the old thrum, the ends being united.
- Dana made thrum-catcher bags to place by loom and collect little scraps of fiber or yarn for garnetting.
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