sing

Definitions

  • Nino sings and plays guitar
    Nino sings and plays guitar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sing divulge confidential information or secrets "Be careful--his secretary talks"
    • v sing make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound "the kettle was singing","the bullet sang past his ear"
    • v sing to make melodious sounds "The nightingale was singing"
    • v sing produce tones with the voice "She was singing while she was cooking","My brother sings very well"
    • v sing deliver by singing "Sing Christmas carols"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lillie, her father and Richard listen to the bird singing Lillie, her father and Richard listen to the bird singing
SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE
Julia sings her song into the shell Julia sings her song into the shell
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
Private Stayer will not be able to sing Private Stayer will not be able to sing
Tom singing Tom singing
Music: Sing a Song of Sixpence Music: Sing a Song of Sixpence
A bird-singing match A bird-singing match

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elvis Presley used to be a truck driver before he started singing
    • Sing To accompany, or attend on, with singing. "I heard them singing home the bride."
    • Sing To celebrate in song; to give praises to in verse; to relate or rehearse in numbers, verse, or poetry. "Arms and the man I sing .""The last, the happiest British king,
      Whom thou shalt paint or I shall sing ."
    • Sing To cry out; to complain. "They should sing if thet they were bent."
    • Sing To influence by singing; to lull by singing; as, to sing a child to sleep.
    • Sing To make a small, shrill sound; as, the air sings in passing through a crevice. "O'er his head the flying spear Sang innocent, and spent its force in air."
    • Sing To tell or relate something in numbers or verse; to celebrate something in poetry. "Bid her . . . sing Of human hope by cross event destroyed."
    • Sing To utter sounds with musical inflections or melodious modulations of voice, as fancy may dictate, or according to the notes of a song or tune, or of a given part (as alto, tenor, etc.) in a chorus or concerted piece. "The noise of them that sing do I hear."
    • Sing To utter sweet melodious sounds, as birds do. "On every bough the briddes heard I sing .""Singing birds, in silver cages hung."
    • Sing To utter with musical inflections or modulations of voice. "And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.""And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Saratoga, Florida it is illegal to sing while wearing a bathing suit.
    • sing To utter words or inarticulate sounds in musical succession or with a tone that is musical in quality; chant: said of human beings.
    • sing Specifically, to intone.
    • sing To produce tuneful, musical, or rhythmical sounds: said of certain birds, beasts, and insects, and of various inanimate things: as, singing sands.
    • sing To give out a continuous murmuring, humming, buzzing, or whistling sound.
    • sing To cry out with pain or displeasure; squeal.
    • sing To compose verse; relate or rehearse something in numbers or verse.
    • sing To have the sensation of a continuous humming or ringing sound; ring.
    • sing To be capable of being sung; be adaptable to a musical setting.
    • sing Technically, an oscine passerine bird, whether it can sing or not; any member of the Oscines or Cantatores, many of which are songless.
    • sing To utter in musical sounds or with musical alternations of pitch; chant.
    • sing Specifically, to intone.
    • sing To celebrate with singing, or with some form of sound resembling singing; proclaim musically or resonantly; chant.
    • sing To frame, utter, or declaim in poetic form.
    • sing To celebrate in numbers or verse; describe or glorify in poetry.
    • sing To utter with enthusiasm; celebrate: as, to sing a person's praises on all occasions.
    • sing To usher in or out, attend on, or accompany with singing: as, to sing the old year out and the new year in.
    • sing To bring, send, force, or effect, as any end or change, by singing: as, to sing a child to sleep.
    • sing Synonyms To carol, warble, chant, hymn.
    • n sing A singing; an entertainment of song.
    • n sing An abbreviation of singular.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kathleen Turner was the voice of Jessica Rabbit, and Amy Irving was her singing voice.
    • v.i Sing sing to utter melodious sounds in musical succession: to make a small, shrill sound: to relate in verse: to squeal: to ring: to be capable of being sung
    • v.t Sing to utter musically: to chant: to celebrate: to attend on: to effect by singing: to celebrate or relate in verse:—pa.t. sang or sung; pa.p. sung
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Quotations

  • Maya Angelou
    Maya%20Angelou
    “A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “When danger approaches, sing to it.”
  • Readers Digest
    Readers Digest
    “A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”

Idioms

All-singing, all-dancing - If something's all-singing, all-dancing, it is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.
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It ain't over till the fat lady sings - This idiom means that until something has officially finished, the result is uncertain.
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Sing for your supper - If you have to sing for your supper, you have to work to get the pay or reward you need or want.
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Sing from the same hymn sheet - If people are singing from the same hymn sheet, they are expressing the same opinions in public.
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Sing like a canary - If someone sings like a canary, they tell everything they know about a crime or wrongdoing to the police or authorities.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. singan,; akin to D. zingen, OS. & OHG. singan, G. singen, Icel. syngja, Sw. sjunga, Dan. synge, Goth. siggwan, and perhaps to E. say, v.t., or cf. Gr. voice. Cf. Singe Song

Usage

In literature:

Just to sing and sing, that's what I long to do!
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
I've no reason to sing, and, moreover, I can't sing.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
They step forward eagerly, singing songs that are a curious mixture of Yiddish and Russian.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The tea-urn was now asked to sing, but she said she had a cold, and could not sing without boiling heat.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He stands gazing abstractedly at the singing-chair, while a snatch of Walther's song sings itself over in his memory.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Here, Little Tommy Tucker, sing for your supper.
"Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades" by Florence Holbrook
You can sing, Connie, and Laurie knows it.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
If only they would sing on the Common as they do in those northern woods!
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Often, when it is in a state of disquiet, its mother sings to it a simple, pretty song.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
I know there's about forty verses, and some of them are kind of sweary ones; but go ahead and sing it.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
There was the spinet and singing of songs, dancing and doing fine needlework.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Later it was produced in Paris, Calve and Alvarez singing the great roles.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Bo-peep and Little-sing had quite an agreeable time together when they were alone.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
He stood up beside her to sing, and that pleased her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It was all so beautiful, he wanted to sing.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Pick them nicely, singe, wash, and truss them.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
You don't know how to sing yourself yet.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
In that country a singing bird is as rare as a white rose.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
I wanted to put it on to go to a singing tea in; you know what we call a singing tea here?
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
If the boys have to hold the books and music in their hands they stoop, and the singing suffers.
"The Boy's Voice" by J. Spencer Curwen
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In poetry:

"Sing on your song, ye laily worm,
That ye sung to me;"
"I never sung that song
But fatt I wad sing to ye.
"The Laily Worm And The Mackerel Of The Sea" by Anonymous Americas
Still shall I love my Lalage,
Still sing her tender graces;
And while I sing, my theme shall bring
Heaven to those desert places!
"To Aristius Fuscus" by Eugene Field
Still shall I love my Lalage--
Still sing her tender graces;
And, while I sing my theme shall bring
Heaven to those desert places!
"Horace I, 22." by Eugene Field
He sings to the dewy morn,
No thought of another's ear;
But the song he sings is a chant for kings
And the whole wide world to hear.
"In Summer" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I'll sing thy truth and mercy, Lord,
I'll sing the wonders of thy word;
Not all thy works and names below
So much thy power and glory show.
"Psalm 138" by Isaac Watts
Nay, no swallow brings, nay, no swallow brings
Thee again where thou wast before--
Though the swallow sings, though the swallow sings,
Still as of yore.
"From My Childhood Days" by Friedrich Ruckert

In news:

"I'm trying to keep the noise down," John Cale sings on his 15th studio album.
Lots of Strings and a Singing Plant.
"I used to sing at camp meeting every year, and it's been tough to be there since I've moved to Tennessee," Campbell said.
This street performer doesn't just do a mean beat box, he sings on top of it.
"Ubuntu Dillsboro is a group of people who love to sing in harmony," said Tom Tyre, the group's leader.
Los Angelenos sing the blues.
Hear Sandburg perform and sing in video and audio web features.
Friends and family are encouraged to attend the concert and sing-along to some classic holiday carols .
Jordin shared a story of singing the song "I Have Nothing" on the set only to have Whitney explain that she recorded that song in three takes at the studio.
INTERVIEWS Watch Gotye Sing, Get Stalked by Cast on 'Saturday Night Live'.
Photo by Erika Goldring Tim McGraw sings at the Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, May 28, 2011.
I wandered through galleries listening to Genesis P-Orridge gently sing into my ears until, suddenly, a man spotted a Monet.
Sublime singing from the male ensemble Chanticleer .
REVIEW / Opera's 'Così' doesn't cheat on the laughs, or the singing.
Created by chef Jesus Gomez, it has great crunch from the chickpeas and "spices that sing.".
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In science:

We denote the obtained fourfold by ˜X sing .
Simple examples of symplectic fourfolds with exotic properties
On the other hand, the intrinsic geometry of a singe surface does not depend on the properties of the congruence in which it is embedded in.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application
Jokipii (1973) assumed an isotropic turbulent magnetic fie ld and employed a stochastic model of field-line separation, which he solved u sing a Monte Carlo numerical method.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
However, the limiting spectral measures of A and B under µN I sing were not considered in that paper. A discussion about this problem can be found in P.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Once Corollary 5.7 is given, the variational study of FI sing is fairly standard and gives Theorem 5.4.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Proposition 4.8. (i) If φ ∈ eΦ(Ω × Rp ) and a ∈ eS −∞ (Ω × Rp ) then sing suppG Iφ (a) =
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
Proof. (i) Since (1 − p(ξ ))a(y , ξ ) ∈ eS −∞ (Ω × Rp ), Proposition 4.8(i) yields that sing suppG Iφ (a) coincides with sing suppG Iφ (ap).
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
Hence, sing suppG Iφ (a) = sing suppG Iφ (apχ).
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
This proves that x0 6∈ sing suppG Iφ (a). ρ,δ,rg (Ω × Rp ) then (1 − p(ξ ))a(y , ξ ) ∈ eS −∞ (ii) If a ∈ eSm (Ω × Rp ).
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
Hence sing suppG Iφ (a) = sing suppG Iφ (apχ) ⊆ πΩ (Cφ ∩ cone supp(apχ)) ⊆ πΩ (Cφ ∩ µG (a)).
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
Moreover, Proposition 4.9(ii) leads to sing suppG Iφ (ap(1 − χ)) ⊆ πΩ (C sc φ ∩ cone suppa ∩ (V ′ )c ) =
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
The singular set sing(X ) = X − Int(X ) of X consists of a finite number of disjoint circles. A neighborhood of a component of sing(X ) in X fibers over this component with fiber Γn for some n 6= 2.
A function on the homology of 3-manifolds
Its boundary expands as PK i(K ) hK i where K runs over connected components of sing(X ), the symbol hK i denotes a 1-cycle on K representing a generator of H1 (K ) ∼= Z, and i(K ) ∈ Z.
A function on the homology of 3-manifolds
We call a folded surface X simple if it is oriented, the set sing(X ) is homeomorphic to a circle, and its index in X is non-zero.
A function on the homology of 3-manifolds
For example, if X ⊂ M is a compact oriented 2-manifold with connected nonvoid boundary, then X is a simple folded surface with sing(X ) = ∂X , iX = 1, and [X ] = 0.
A function on the homology of 3-manifolds
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