humming top


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humming top a top that makes a humming noise as it spins
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In literature:

The prospect dazzled him; his wits spun like a humming top.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
More like the sounds of a humming-top, remarks a phlegmatic German traveller.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
They spin top, and by listening to its humming they go straight to it and pick it up without any mistake.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
They looked like the dark band on the humming-top when you spin it.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Deftly she wound the string, and the great top fell to the floor, where it hummed and spun as rapidly as if a boy's hand had flung it.
"Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains" by Amy Brooks
My head's like a humming top; it serves me right for drinking.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Overhead a wind of many voices hummed through the pine tops.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Six or eight of them hummed along a harmless orbit not far above our tree top and fell in the forest.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
He was now a golden top, and bravely he spun, humming all the time.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
This is a tender little machine, something like the humming-top of children.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
I am sure the Humming Top has never seen what I have; how should he, mixing up, as he has done, with only the better class of playthings?
"Tales of the Toys, Told by Themselves" by Frances Freeling Broderip
Boys play at casting a humming-top into the midst of others on the ground, and if well aimed it scatters them prettily.
"The Little Minister" by J. M. Barrie
They slept like buccaneers or humming-tops, only unconsciously throwing the covering rug partly off, for the summer night was warm.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
One figure is dressed all in white and moves with a whirling motion, all the time imitating the humming of a top.
"Indian Scout Talks" by Charles A. Eastman
You'll sleep like a humming top now, I should think.
"The Heath Hover Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
I have known a boy in petticoats offer his precious new humming-top to a beggar child.
"Household Education" by Harriet Martineau
My Lady Rich is like a top that hums senselessly.
"Parson Kelly" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
A gust rattled the bedroom window and hummed across chimney-tops and died.
"The Trial of Callista Blake" by Edgar Pangborn
Very low shots, ricocheting off the top of the parados in his rear, whined and hummed in erratic flight.
"Thirty Canadian V. Cs., 23d April 1915 to 30th March 1918" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
A big humming-top, nearly as large and as noisy as Dick.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

A pat of butter, and cakes of cheese,
Were stored in the napkin, nice and neat;
As she danced along beneath the trees,
As light as a shadow were her feet;
And she hummed such tunes as the bumble-bees
Hum when the clover-tops are sweet.
"Little Red Riding-Hood" by Clara Doty Bates
There is one little dream of a beautiful drum -
"Rub-a-dub!" it goeth;
There is one little dream of a big sugar-plum,
And lo! thick and fast the other dreams come
Of popguns that bang, and tin tops that hum,
And a trumpet that bloweth!
"The Rock-A-By Lady" by Eugene Field

In news:

Holiday retail sales appear on track to be somewhere between ho-ho-ho and ho-hum, raising the prospect that the economic expansion is still struggling to reach top form.
When a beloved neighborhood restaurant is full and humming at top volume by 5:30 pm, chances are it's on a weekend, or maybe a Thursday.
Strong hum of forest tree-tops wind of the mountains.
' Big Brother ,' 'Got Talent' top ho-hum Thurs.
Typically water vapor is billowing out the top of the stacks and machines are humming inside.
'Big Brother,' 'Got Talent' top ho-hum Thurs.
'Big Brother,' 'Got Talent' top ho- hum Thurs.