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Hum, vb. 1) to utter a low confused sound: “burden-wise I'll h. on Tarquin still,” Lucr. 1133. “I heard a --ing,” Tp. II, 1, 317. “a thousand twangling instruments will h. about mine ears,” III, 2, 147. “--ing water must o'erwhelm thy corpse,” Per. III, 1, 64.
2) to cry hum or hem, to betray deliberation or indignation: “h. and stroke thy beard,” Troil. I, 3, 165 (Qq hem). “to bite his lip and h. at good Cominius,” Cor. V, 1, 49. “turns me his back and --s,” Mcb. III, 6, 42.
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