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hum

noun

1 hum

The state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity:
— There is a constant hum of military preparation.

synonym: busyness.

Roget 546: untruth, falsehood, lie, story, thing that is not, fib, bounce, crammer, taradiddle, whopper; jhuth.    forgery, fabrication, invention; ... show more

Roget 405: faintness etc. adj.; faint sound, whisper, breath; undertone, underbreath; murmur, hum, susurration; tinkle; still small voice.   " hoarseness ... show more

Roget 407: roll etc. v.; drumming etc. v.; berloque, bombination, rumbling; tattoo, drumroll; dingdong; tantara; rataplan; ... show more

Dutch: activiteit, bedrijvigheid, drukte



2 HUM

An Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan.

synonyms: Al Faran, Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, Harkat ul-Ansar, Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, HUA, Movement of Holy Warriors.

3 hum

A humming noise:
— The hum of distant traffic.

synonym: humming.

Dutch: gebrom, gezoem

verb

1 hum

Sing with closed lips.

Roget 407: roll, drum, rumble, rattle, clatter, patter, clack; bombinate.    hum, trill, shake; chime, peal, toll; ... show more

Roget 545: deceive, take in; defraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, ... show more

Roget 405: whisper, breathe, murmur, purl, hum, gurgle, ripple, babble, flow; tinkle; mutter etc. (speak imperfectly) 583; ... show more

2 hum

Be noisy with activity.

synonyms: buzz, seethe.

Roget 412: cry, roar, bellow, blare, rebellow; growl, snarl.    [specific animal sounds] bark [dog, seal]; bow-wow, yelp [dog]; bay, ... show more

3 hum

Sound with a monotonous hum.

synonym: thrum.

Roget 416: play, pipe, strike up, sweep the chords, tweedle, fiddle; strike the lyre, beat the drum; blow the horn, sound the horn, wind the horn; doodle; grind the organ; touch the guitar ... show more

Dutch: ronken

4 hum

Make a low continuous sound.


Moby thesaurus: Indian file, anthem, array, articulation, ballad, bank, bel canto, birdies, birr, blooping, blurping, bombilate, bombilation, bombinate, bombination, boom, booming, bravura, bum, burr ... show more.

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