murmur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v murmur make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
    • v murmur speak softly or indistinctly "She murmured softly to the baby in her arms"
    • n murmur a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
    • n murmur a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    • n murmur a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
    • n murmur an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Murmur A complaint half suppressed, or uttered in a low, muttering voice. "Some discontents there are, some idle murmurs ."
    • Murmur A low, confused, and indistinct sound, like that of running water.
    • Murmur To make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest. "They murmured as doth a swarm of bees."
    • Murmur To utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; -- often with at or against. "His disciples murmured at it.""And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron.""Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured ."
    • v. t Murmur To utter or give forth in low or indistinct words or sounds; as, to murmur tales. "The people murmured such things concerning him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n murmur A low sound continued or continuously repeated, as that of a stream running in a stony channel, of a number of persons talking indistinctly in low tones, and the like; a low and confused or indistinct sound; a hum.
    • n murmur A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering voice; hence, any expression of complaint or discontent.
    • n murmur In medicine, any one of various sounds, normal and pathological, heard in auscultation.
    • murmur To make a low continuous noise, like the sound of rushing water or of the wind among trees, or like the hum of bees.
    • murmur To utter words indistinctly; mutter.
    • murmur To grumble; complain; utter complaints in a low, muttering voice; hence, in general, to express complaint or discontent: with at or against.
    • murmur Synonyms To repine, whimper.
    • murmur To utter indistinctly; say in a low indistinct voice; mutter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Murmur mur′mur a low, indistinct sound, like that of running water: a complaint in a low, muttering voice
    • v.i Murmur to utter a murmur: to grumble:—pr.p. mur′muring; pa.t. and pa.p. mur′mured
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Quotations

  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.”
  • Ilka Chase
    Ilka Chase
    “When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beat us to it.”
  • John Keats
    John%20Keats
    “Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. murmurer, L. murmurare, murmurari, fr. murmur, murmur; cf. Gr. to roar and boil, said of water, Skr. marmara, a rustling sound; prob. of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

She heard the river calling to her, and through its murmur sounded the voice of her loved one from afar.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
A hum and a murmur ran through the northwestern forests, the hum and murmur of preparation and hope.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But the actors murmur to each other in Davoser Deutsch, 'She won't come, Palmy!
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
But he soon repressed the rising murmur, calmly awaiting the result.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
He listened to the murmur of running water.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
She softly opened the window, and the confused murmur of voices reached Hugo's ear.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
All sounds were fused into one steady murmur, rather soothing, like the flowing of a river.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They heard the confused murmur of many men.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A little murmur from the girl behind reminded him of her presence.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She was abstractedly murmuring defensive things about the Scotch.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
He murmured something about being very glad.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
At last, with a little murmuring sigh, she spoke.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Merton, seeing his clients absorbed in mirth, murmured something vague about 'business,' and spirited Miss Blossom away to the inner chamber.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
What did they vaguely make out from that melodious murmur of Italian?
"Sunrise" by William Black
A low murmur rippled over the pressing crowd; it grew in volume; and a frown of doubt flitted over Umballa's brow.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
She could hear the low murmur of voices in her mother's room across the hall.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
My head buzzed so with the effort to think that I had the illusions of faint murmurs in the cave, the very shadows of murmurs.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He lifted himself up, and with his eyes fast shut he murmured, murmured his prayers.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Briefly, cautiously, the adjutant murmured the dago's story, adding his fear as to its truth.
"Tonio, Son of the Sierras" by Charles King
The tumult deepened and changed to one vast murmur as the caravan moved in dignified state up to the very gates of the ancient city of Harar.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
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In poetry:

These must be ours, but thine are still
The murmur of the stream,
The light and shadow on the hill,
The sunshine and the gleam.
"The Churchyard Tree" by Alexander Anderson
They saw thy wonders wrought,
And then thy praise they sung;
But soon thy works of power forgot,
And murmured with their tongue.
"Psalm 106 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Thou Yarrow of my early dreams,
When Fancy heard thee murmur on,
A light has left all other streams,
And seems to shine on thee alone.
"By Saint Mary's Lake" by Alexander Anderson
Ay, though through desert wastes he roam,
Or scale the rugged mountains,
Or rest beside the murmuring tide
Of weird Hydaspan fountains!
"To Aristius Fuscus" by Eugene Field
I turned and gazed into the west,
The river murmured in my ear
'Gone night, and silence, dreams and rest,
Another day of toil is here.'
"The Isle of Sleep" by Kate Seymour Maclean
She came anon with quiet grace;
And “What,” she murmured, “silent yet!”
He answered, “’Tis a haunted place,
And spell-beset.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Oakland's Art Murmur : Now a Roar.
Best Art Walk That's Not Art Murmur .
Best Art Murmur After Party.
Most murmurs we hear are caused by the valves.
Kings' Fredette goes from mania to murmur .
Some murmurs are present at birth and some develop over time.
Some people hear better than others, and some murmurs become progressively louder over time.
Panting or rapid breathing can also make murmurs hard to hear.
No, it's a murmuration of Starlings.
Scientists say murmurations are the birds' survival tactic.
From the Back Seat in Iran, Murmurs of Unrest.
"It's just a fragment of me, downloading via satellite," one character murmurs.
However, only one, Murmur, a new tribute to R.E.M.
Family and friends of Neely nodded and murmured "thank you" as the sentence was pronounced.
Even before all the votes were counted last month and President Barack Obama was chosen to serve a second term, there were murmurs stirring in some corners of the country.
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In science:

I am now deeply convinced of having taken the thing right, and also, of course, that a murmur of indignation will spread through the ranks of our colleagues when the work ["Entwurf"] appears, which will take place in a few weeks.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
A square is a nonempty word of the form xx, as in the English word murmur. A cube is a nonempty word of the form xxx, as in the English sort-of-word shshsh.
Cubefree binary words avoiding long squares
Others murmured that Gravity was the culprit fudging the Quantum.
The Plight of `I Am'
A square is a nonempty word of the form yy , as in the English word murmur.
Simultaneous avoidance of large squares and fractional powers in infinite binary words
Thus, for example, the primitive root of murmur is mur.
Subword Complexity and k-Synchronization
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