murmuring

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj murmuring making a low continuous indistinct sound "like murmuring waves","susurrant voices"
    • n murmuring a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    • n murmuring a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & n Murmuring Uttering murmurs; making low sounds; complaining.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n murmuring A continuous murmur; a low confused noise.
    • murmuring Making or consisting in a low continuous noise.
    • murmuring Uttering complaints in a low voice or sullen manner; grumbling; complaining: as, a person of a murmuring disposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Murmuring making a low continuous noise
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.; imit.

Usage

In literature:

Then, amid a murmur of laughter and jeers from the Roman benches immediately before him, he began to sing.
"The Last Galley" by Arthur Conan Doyle
A fountain murmured pleasantly amidst a cluster of maidenhairs.
"With Edged Tools" by Henry Seton Merriman
They had all become pale, and though the lips of none of them had opened, it seemed as if a murmur sped through their ranks amidst a shudder.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
From a boudoir on the same floor there came murmurs of two voices, a man's and a woman's.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
A low murmur passed around the saloon, for other men were at the windows watching.
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
The illustrious statesman folded his arms, and waited in quiet majesty for the murmur to assume a distinct form.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
Down below, in the night, I could hear a soft moaning, and a confused murmur of swine-voices.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
It was a murmur like that of an army preparing for battle.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
A deep but suppressed murmur arose in the throng, which was as quickly succeeded by suspense.
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Not unfrequently after that I heard Grace Poole's laugh and her eccentric murmurs, stranger than her laugh.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
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In poetry:

We wait, listen –
a tiny band.
Soft winds murmur
all around.
"In The Woods" by Eberhard Arnold
And he wrote him ringing verse of horse,
And the stockman, and his pipe,
And the brooding bushland; but, of course,
The world just murmured - "Tripe!"
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
And so he followed the sweet sound,
Till faith had traversed her appointed span,
And murmured as he pressed the sacred ground:
"It is the note of Pan!"
"Favorites of Pan" by Archibald Lampman
The only, the perpetual dirge,
That's heard here, is the sea-bird's cry,
The mournful murmur of the surge,
The cloud's deep voice, the wind's low sigh.
"The Exile At Rest" by John Pierpont
See the small stream, that pours its murmuring tide
O'er some rough rock, that would its wealth display;
Displays it aught but penury and pride?
Ah! construe wisely what such murmurs say.
"Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive for Repining at Her Dispensations" by William Shenstone
They come like the ghosts from the grass shrouded graves,
And they follow our footsteps on life's winding way;
And they murmur around us as murmur the waves
That sigh on the shore at the dying of day.
"Memories" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

The phenomena of " murmuration ", when huge flocks of birds ("starlings" to be exact) in migration form shape-shifting flight patterns, is a truly amazing wonder to behold.
No, it's a murmuration of Starlings.
Scientists say murmurations are the birds' survival tactic.
It seems that whenever Katie Holmes slips her skinny self into a pair of jeans, the world begins to murmur.
The new EP, Murmurations is the follow up to their full-length Yearling.
The phenomena of "murmuration", when huge flocks of birds ("starlings" to be exact) in migration form shape-shifting flight patterns, is a truly amazing wonder to behold.
DR ELIZABETH BEAUTYMAN put her stethoscope to my chest earlier this month and decided that the murmurs of my heart sounded louder than they had two years ago, when she said they sounded louder than they had three years before that.
The days when Wall Street banks could blithely hand out half their revenue in compensation to their staff without a murmur from shareholders have come to an end.
On that October day, nothing was visible at first save yellow flowers, and sometimes a bee's quiet shadow crossing the petals: a sombre river, noiselessly sauntering seaward, far away dropped with a murmur, among leaves, into a pool.
Her mother, Kiley J Taylor, left the Carthage hospital early against doctors' wishes to be by Brenna's side, although she knew heart murmurs often occur in babies .
BEIJING — Pop icon Elton John publicly dedicated his only concert in Beijing to Chinese artist and political critic Ai Weiwei, sending a murmur of shock through an audience accustomed to tight censorship of entertainment.
John publicly dedicated his only concert in Beijing to Chinese artist and political critic Ai Weiwei, sending a murmur of shock through audience members accustomed to tight censorship of entertainment.
Even while talking with Nicholas Kent on the phone, you could hear the murmur in the background.
The drumbeats started soon after Sunday's loss to Atlanta, the murmuring in the distance that Michael Vick would be replaced as the first-team quarterback when the Eagles begin practicing to play the New Orleans Saints.
Though even as I say that I know that's total jive, because I think about myself virtually 24/7, even when I'm thinking about, say, you, it's always with me in the foreground, perpetually murmuring yes, but how's my hair.
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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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