verb (hums, humming, hummed)[no object]
- 1Make a low, steady continuous sound like that of a bee: the computers hummedMore example sentences
- A solid wooden floor supports an enormous desk and the latest model PC computer hums quietly, awaiting instruction.
- Steve Gigl has what it takes to keep our computers humming here at Blogger General.
- Chizuru ended up staring straight at the ceiling of her room, the gentle purr of the air-conditioner humming inside her ears.
- 1.1Sing with closed lips: he hummed softly to himself [with object]: she was humming a cheerful tuneMore example sentences
- Observe that would normally be followed up by the speaker actually humming or singing the tune in question.
- After a while he stopped humming and began to sing to himself softly.
- All she heard was a strangely familiar tune, softly hummed in time with the steps.
- 1.2(Of a place) be filled with a low, steady continuous sound: the room hummed with an expectant murmurMore example sentences
- The place hummed with a much smaller project as Graham buzzed away happily in his workshop making mouldings for the window repair job.
- The huge place fairly hummed with magical energy, for which he was vastly grateful.
- The room fairly hummed with productivity, and it echoed in Jonathan's step.
- 2 • informal Be in a state of great activity: the house was humming with preparations for the danceMore example sentences
- Three hundred marshalling yards, 2,300 goods sheds and 700 repair depots keep humming with activity all the time.
- A textile factory in Sri Lanka hums with activity.
- The headquarters was air conditioned, crowded and humming with activity from early morning until late at night.
- 3British • informal Smell unpleasant: when the wind drops this stuff really humsMore example sentences
- She had unwillingly become immune to the humming stench.
- One of the staff turned up & was humming; I couldn't have him putting customers off their beer, seeing as I was in charge, so I had no choice but to tell him.
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- 1A low, steady continuous sound: the hum of insects a low hum of conversationMore example sentences
- I could hear the sound of cars in the distance (you know, the low hum of continuous traffic), so I walked towards it.
- The steady hum of conversation flowed from inside of the cabin.
- The only sound was the low hum of the lights, everything was quiet.
- 1.1An unwanted low-frequency noise in an amplifier caused by variation of electric current, especially the alternating frequency of the mains.More example sentences
- We did a very extensive mapping of the different primary frequencies of the hum and then its harmonics.
- The only adjustments he makes are to apply De-Hiss filtering and remove low frequency hum.
- Stereos don't make any noise, except a very slight electrical hum.
- British Be indecisive: I was humming and hawing over buying copiesMore example sentences
- There's been a bunch of legal experts wheeled on to hum and haw about this - perhaps it's good for Michael, because they'd know that kids lie.
- But when I ask his closest advisers whether the Prime Minister has been persuaded of this, they hum and haw.
- We, as girls, will hem and haw and analyze every letter of what we say to that ‘chosen ‘guy, and worry about how we're coming off, and just worry in general.
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- ‘They are all hummable songs,’ Mann explained, ‘but actually learning them is a bit difficult, especially once you have to be dancing and singing at the same time.’
- The arias selected are eminently familiar and hummable - from Aida, Nabucco, Otello, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore among others - and everyone enjoys themselves hugely.
- They are forgettable not because they are boring, but because the chorus always hits with such a wave of hummable, nostalgic melody that it overpowers them, every time.
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- Singer-songwriters, sensitive poets, hummers and strummers, whatever you call them, they are the backbone of any folk festival.
- Demanding, but charming, the hummers would not be denied.
- The giddy rush of buying a hummer of an album makes me happy.
late Middle English: imitative.