verb (thrums, thrumming, thrummed)[no object]
- 1Make a continuous rhythmic humming sound: the boat’s huge engines thrummed in his earsMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 windowsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Any short loose thread.More example sentences
- Dingfa automatic brushing machine is designed to clean the leftover thrum on fabrics
verb (thrums, thrumming, thrummed)[with object] Back to top
- Cover or adorn (cloth or clothing) with ends of thread.More example sentences
- The red sash of royalty is made of net work, and thrummed with red and yellow feathers.
- Llama and alpaca yarn is used to make these beautiful mittens which are thrummed with 100% alpaca rovings.
Old English thrum (only in tungethrum 'ligament of the tongue'): of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dreum 'thrum' and German Trumm 'endpiece'. The current sense dates from Middle English.