moan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v moan indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets","The ancient door soughed when opened"
    • n moan an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moan A low mournful or murmuring sound; -- of things. "Rippling waters made a pleasant moan ."
    • Moan A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of pain or of grief; a low groan. "Sullen moans , hollow groans."
    • Moan To afflict; to distress. "Which infinitely moans me."
    • Moan To bewail audibly; to lament. "Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan My dear Columbo, dead and gone."
    • Moan To emit a sound like moan; -- said of things inanimate; as, the wind moans .
    • Moan To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously. "Unpitied and unheard, where misery moans .""Let there bechance him pitiful mischances,
      To make him moan ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • moan To utter a low dull sound expressive of physical or mental suffering; lament inarticulately or with mournful utterance.
    • moan To give forth a saddening or gloomy sound, like one in distress; sound like a low cry of distress.
    • moan To murmur; complain; protest.
    • moan To lament; deplore; bewail.
    • moan To cause to make lamentation; afflict; distress: as, “which infinitely moans me,”
    • n moan A low dull sound expressing grief or pain; a sound of lamentation not so deep as a groan; audible expression of sorrow; grief expressed in words or cries.
    • n moan A low dull sound resembling that made by a person moaning.
    • n moan Lament: lamentation; complaint: especially in the phrase to make one's moan.
    • moan Moa-like; of or pertaining to a moa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Moan mōn to make a low sound of grief or pain: to lament audibly
    • v.t Moan to lament
    • n Moan a low sound of grief or pain: audible expression of pain
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Quotations

  • Sydney Joseph Perelman
    Sydney Joseph Perelman
    “Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin-it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “The ocean moans over dead men's bones.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “Men never moan over the opportunities lost to do good, only the opportunities to be bad.”
  • Francis Thompson
    Francis Thompson
    “Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain And perish in our own.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mǣnan, to moan, also, to mean; but in the latter sense perh. a different word. Cf. Mean to intend

Usage

In literature:

A low moan came from a neighboring room.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
For hours Elspie sat in the dark room beside the bed of the little child, who lay murmuring, sometimes moaning, in her sleep.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Little do I care to live,' moaned Etin, 'now that I have lost my lady Margaret.
"Stories from the Ballads" by Mary MacGregor
A moan, a deep gasping sound, came to his ears.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
The other was crying and moaning, so that we could plainly hear him from our elevation.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He would never do it now; he moaned as he fell, then he lay, face downward, terribly motionless and still.
"The Heiress of Wyvern Court" by Emilie Searchfield
How shall I begin my desolate moan?
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
For twenty days in the evening and night moans resounded through the air.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It was immediately succeeded by a chorus of hideous cries and moans, singularly distressing.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
No moan escaped him at the stinging pain.
"Stories in Verse" by Henry Abbey
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In poetry:

“Is it the moaning of the Earth?
Dark Rider, answer me!”
“It is the cry of life at birth”
He answered quietly:
"The Night Ride" by Victor James Daley
But in your own you mutely took
My hand, and for a space
You wrung it till I throbbed and shook,
And woke with wildest moan
"Haunted" by Mathilde Blind
Low moans the river from its bed,
The distant pines reply;
Like mourners shrinking from the dead,
They stand apart and sigh.
"The Old Burying-Ground" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The tempest, pent in moaning ways,
Awakes the shepherd yonder,
But Illa dreams unknown to days
Whose wings are wind and thunder.
"Illa Creek" by Henry Kendall
When the woods gloom dark and darker,
Sedges in the night-wind moan,
Then a faint mysterious wailing
Bids me weep, still weep alone.
"Sedge Songs" by Nikolaus Lenau
There is silence on yon fair valley,
And calm on yon purple hill:
But the trees are moaning together
With a sigh that is never still.
"Calm Before Storm" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

He was overheard moan ing to wife Judith that he preferred his old seats at the side of the dugout, which allowed him to chat with the players.
As changes loom, third baseman in no mood to moan about current dimensions at Citi.
Remember a year ago, when county clerks kept moaning that the state's standards for testing voting equipment were impossibly high.
But what we all really want is something so rich and decadent it makes us moan with pleasure.
Once again, the rapper took to his @LilTunechi Twitter account today to moan about his experience sitting courtside yesterday at Game 1 of the NBA Finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat.
"I heard him moaning," said Pam Johnson, who was on her way home from her sister's.
Moaning co-worker drives me crazy.
As I eased into the hot, swirling water, I moaned approvingly to no one in particular.
Motorists moan more about other drivers than so-called pet hates such as White Van Man or cyclists, according to a poll.
She's been a heck of a trooper — never complained, never moaned, never made any remarks.
" I'm sick of being haunted by every cliché that I know," moans Rock Star Supernova victor Lukas Rossi in "Be Yourself (and 5 Other Clichés)".
Wet-faced and red-eyed, she moans, "I'm tired.".
Well, up until the last week or so there hasn't been as much whining and moaning about the Bowl Championship Series.
Moan wins Nordic Combined World Cup event.
Rich boys cry and moan while you pay the price.
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In science:

BM is Blanes and Moan’s latest34 refined fourth-order algorithm which uses six force-evaluations.
Gradient Symplectic Algorithms for Solving the Radial Schrodinger Equation
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