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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

THRUM, n. [Gr. a fragment; to break.] The ends of weaver's threads.
1. Any coarse yarn.
2. Thrums, among gardeners, the thread-like internal bushy parts of flowers; the stamens.
THRUM, v.i. To play coarsely on an instrument with the fingers.
THRUM, v.t. To weave; to know; to twist; to fringe.
1. Among seamen, to insert short pieces of rope-yard or spun yard in a sail or mat.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a thrumming sound; "he could hear the thrum of a banjo" v
1: sound with a monotonous hum [syn: hum, thrum]
2: sound the strings of (a string instrument); "strum a guitar" [syn: strum, thrum]
3: make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night" [syn: drum, beat, thrum]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -thrum (in tungethrum ligament of the tongue); akin to Old High German drum fragment Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) a fringe of warp threads left on the loom after the cloth has been removed (2) one of these warp threads b. a tuft or short piece of rope yarn used in thrumming canvas usually used in plural c. bit, particle 2. a hair, fiber, or threadlike leaf on a plant; also a tuft or fringe of such structures thrum adjective II. transitive verb (thrummed; thrumming) Date: 15th century 1. to furnish with thrums ; fringe 2. to insert short pieces of rope yarn or spun yarn in (a piece of canvas) to make a rough surface or a mat which can be wrapped about rigging to prevent chafing III. verb (thrummed; thrumming) Etymology: imitative Date: 1592 intransitive verb 1. to play or pluck a stringed instrument idly ; strum 2. to sound with a monotonous hum transitive verb 1. to play (as a stringed instrument) in an idle or relaxed manner 2. to recite tiresomely or monotonously IV. noun Date: 1798 the monotonous sound of thrumming

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. v. & n. --v. (thrummed, thrumming) 1 tr. play (a stringed instrument) monotonously or unskilfully. 2 intr. (often foll. by on) drum idly. --n. 1 such playing. 2 the resulting sound. Etymology: imit. 2. n. & v. --n. 1 the unwoven end of a warp-thread, or the whole of such ends, left when the finished web is cut away. 2 any short loose thread. --v.tr. (thrummed, thrumming) make of or cover with thrums. Derivatives: thrummer n. thrummy adj. Etymology: OE f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Thrum Thrum, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thrummed; p. pr. & vb. n. Thrumming.] 1. To furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe. Are we born to thrum caps or pick straw? --Quarles. 2. (Naut.) To insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in; as, to thrum a piece of canvas, or a mat, thus making a rough or tufted surface. --Totten.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Thrum Thrum, v. i. [CF. Icel. ?ruma to rattle, to thunder, and E. drum.] 1. To play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum. 2. Hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise; as, to thrum on a table.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Thrum Thrum, n. [OE. thrum, throm; akin to OD. drom, D. dreum, G. trumm, lump, end, fragment, OHG. drum end, Icel. ?r["o]mr edge, brim, and L. terminus a limit, term. Cf. Term.] [Written also thrumb.] 1. One of the ends of weaver's threads; hence, any soft, short threads or tufts resembling these. 2. Any coarse yarn; an unraveled strand of rope. 3. (Bot.) A threadlike part of a flower; a stamen. 4. (Mining) A shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam. 5. (Naut.) A mat made of canvas and tufts of yarn. Thrum cap, a knitted cap. --Halliwell. Thrum hat, a hat made of coarse woolen cloth. --Minsheu.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Thrum Thrum, v. t. 1. To play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner. 2. Hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(thrums, thrumming, thrummed) When something such as a machine or engine thrums, it makes a low beating sound. The air-conditioner thrummed. VERB: V Thrum is also a noun. ...the thrum of refrigeration motors... My head was going thrum thrum thrum. N-COUNT; SOUND

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

thrum: In Isa 38:12 the Revised Version (British and American) reads "He will cut me off from the loom," margin "thrum." "Thrum" is a technical term of weavers, denoting the threads of the warp hanging down in a loom, suiting dallah, "that which hangs down" (So 7:5, "hair"). A misinterpretation of "hanging down" is responsible for the King James' "pining sickness."

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Play (as an instrument), strum, play upon. 2. Fringe, knot, tuft.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To play on any instrument stringed with wire. A thrummer of wire; a player on the spinet, harpsichord, or guitar.

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