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English noun: hum

1. hum (state) the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity

SamplesThey manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers.
There is a constant hum of military preparation.


Broader (hypernym)action, activeness, activity

2. HUM (group) 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

SynonymsAl Faran, Harkat ul-Ansar, Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, HUA, Movement of Holy Warriors

Instance hypernymforeign terrorist organization, FTO, terrorist group, terrorist organization

Domain categoryact of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act

Domain regionIslamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan

3. hum (event) a humming noise

SamplesThe hum of distant traffic.


Broader (hypernym)noise

English verb: hum

1. hum (communication) sing with closed lips

SamplesShe hummed a melody.

ExamplesSam and Sue hum, They will hum the duet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sing

2. hum (stative) be noisy with activity

SamplesThis office is buzzing with activity.

ExamplesCars hum in the streets , The streets hum with cars

Synonymsbuzz, seethe

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)pullulate, swarm, teem

3. hum (perception) sound with a monotonous hum


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

4. hum (communication) make a low continuous sound

SamplesThe refrigerator is humming.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)make noise, noise, resound

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