• WordNet 3.6
    • n hummer (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity "he swung late on the fastball","he showed batters nothing but smoke"
    • n hummer a singer who produces a tune without opening the lips or forming words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first Hummer manufactured for civilian use in 1992. The vehicle weighed in at 6,300 lbs and was 7 feet wide.
    • Hummer (Zoöl) A humming bird.
    • Hummer One who, or that which, hums; one who applauds by humming.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hummer One who or that which hums.
    • n hummer One who or that which excels in any quality, especially in general energy or speed.
    • n hummer In ornithology, a humming-bird.
    • n hummer A calling device employed in telephony in place of the magnetic call-bell; a buzzer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hummer something that hums
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Ger. hummen, humsen.


In literature:

The hummer was at his post, as he always was.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
We decided on Acme Hummers and I gave the order to the postman next morning.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
But, Dicksie, your tramp is a hummer!
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
She was a hummer on sheep-dogs, all right.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
This is one of the most gorgeous of the Hummers having the crown a violet purple color, and the throat brilliant green.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The hummer makes short work of everything: with a flash and a hum it is gone.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Some call me a Hummer indeed.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
It was plain that June had in her all the making of a hummer.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
She's a hummer, that girl, and I'll bet you in camp she'll run wild.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Allen's Hummer is found on the Pacific coast, north to British Columbia, east to southern Arizona.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [December, 1897], Vol 2. No 6." by Various

In poetry:

"O hasten, 'tis our time,
Ere yet the red summer
Scorch our delicate prime,
Loved of bee, the tawny hummer.
"To Ellen, At The South" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I would not give the winter for a rose.
For remembering gold meadows and the hummer
Sucking them, I think June a time of pillage.
Your mouth is more passionate than any summer.
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate
I've tramped across her endless miles of tundra,
I've rafted all her rapid flowing streams,
She's kept me on the hummer,
I've fought mosquits in summer
And "siwashed" neath Aurora's wintry beams,
And still, I like Alaska.
"And Still I Like Alaska" by Pat O Cotter

In news:

Hummer 's current management team will stay with the new company, which will be headquartered either in Detroit or suburban Auburn Hills, Mich.
Still, GM sold 1,000 Hummers in some months, proving that buyers are out there.
Hummer 's first purely civilian truck, the H2, was released in 2002 as a 2003 model and immediately became a favorite target of environmentalists.
Lane said a lack of new products and the recession figured into the Hummer equation much more than last year's runup in gasoline prices.
Chengdu, China-based Tengzhong has a preliminary agreement to take on Hummer 's dealer accords and senior management.
Raser Technologies Introduces Plug-in Hummer H3 Concept Photo Gallery.
The buyer promises to keep US management and Hummer 's more than 150 dealerships intact.
GM Agrees to Sell Hummer .
Tengzhong said it plans to keep Hummer 's management team.
Plant will keep building Hummers for the new owner until at least 2010.
GM said it sold 5,013 Hummers worldwide in the first quarter, down 62% from the 13,050 that it sold in the same period the prior year.
GM Nears Sale of Hummer .
Getting all the hardware to fit required modifying the Hummer 's chassis.
Try out your favorite style Hummer on Hewlett Hummer 's 'Off- Road' test.
Don't forget to ask about their Fabulous Certified Pre-Owned Hummer DEALS.

In science:

Rybicki & Hummer (1978, 1983) generalized the Sobolev method to the 3D case in which the flow velocity along a line of sight is not necessarily monotonic.
Radiation driven winds from luminous accretion disks
Hummer et al. 1993), extended from the Opacity Pro ject (OP) codes (Berrington et al.
Electron-Ion Recombination Rate Coefficients and Photoionization Cross Sections for Astrophysically Abundant Elements. V. Relativistic calculations for Fe XXIV and Fe XXV for X-ray modeling
Finally, the I (H 13)/I (Hβ ) and I (H 14)/I (Hβ ) intensity ratios were estimated using H I line emissivities from Storey & Hummer (1995).
A deep survey of heavy element lines in planetary nebulae - I. Observations and forbidden-line densities, temperatures and abundances
The tabulated He2+ /H+ ratios were obtained from the He I I λ4686 line only, using the effective recombination coefficients of Storey & Hummer (1995).
A deep survey of heavy element lines in planetary nebulae - I. Observations and forbidden-line densities, temperatures and abundances
More complicated cases involving non-local coupling associated with doublets or more general flow patterns are presented by Rybicki & Hummer (1978).
The Hanle Effect as a Diagnostic of Magnetic Fields in Stellar Envelopes IV. Application to Polarized P Cygni Wind Lines