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HUM (hummed, humming)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does HUM mean? 

HUM (noun)
  The noun HUM has 3 senses:

1. the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity
2. 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
3. a humming noise

  Familiarity information: HUM used as a noun is uncommon.


HUM (verb)
  The verb HUM has 4 senses:

1. sing with closed lips
2. be noisy with activity
3. sound with a monotonous hum
4. make a low continuous sound

  Familiarity information: HUM used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HUM (noun)


Sense 1hum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

hum; busyness

Context examples:

they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers / there is a constant hum of military preparation

Hypernyms ("hum" is a kind of...):

action; activeness; activity (the state of being active)


Sense 2HUM [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Movement of Holy Warriors; HUA; Harkat-ul-Mujahidin; Harkat ul-Mujahedeen; Harkat ul-Ansar; Al Faran; HUM

Instance hypernyms:

foreign terrorist organization; FTO; terrorist group; terrorist organization (a political movement that uses terror as a weapon to achieve its goals)

Domain category:

act of terrorism; terrorism; terrorist act (the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)

Domain region:

Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Pakistan; West Pakistan (a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947)


Sense 3hum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A humming noise

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

humming; hum

Context example:

the hum of distant traffic

Hypernyms ("hum" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))


HUM (verb)


Sense 1hum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sing with closed lips

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She hummed a melody

Hypernyms (to "hum" is one way to...):

sing (produce tones with the voice)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue hum
They will hum the duet


Sense 2hum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be noisy with activity

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

seethe; hum; buzz

Context example:

This office is buzzing with activity

Hypernyms (to "hum" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hum"):

pullulate; swarm; teem (be teeming, be abuzz)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence examples:

Cars hum in the streets
The streets hum with cars


Sense 3hum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sound with a monotonous hum

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

thrum; hum

Hypernyms (to "hum" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4hum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a low continuous sound

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The refrigerator is humming

Hypernyms (to "hum" is one way to...):

make noise; noise; resound (emit a noise)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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