singing

Definitions

  • Nino sings and plays guitar
    Nino sings and plays guitar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj singing smooth and flowing
    • n singing the act of singing vocal music
    • n singing disclosing information or giving evidence about another
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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
    • Singing a. & n. from Sing v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Saratoga, Florida it is illegal to sing while wearing a bathing suit.
    • n singing The act, process, or result of uttering sounds that are musical in quality or in succession; chanting; cantillation.
    • n singing The act of telling, narrating, or describing anything in verse.
    • n singing A sensation as of a prolonged ringing sound in the ears or head; tinnitus aurium.
    • singing Of tones, sustained and sonorous, as if produced by a well-trained voice; cantabile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sing Sing prison in New York has a name derived from the Indian words for "stony place."
    • Singing the act or art of singing
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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.”
  • Peter Levi
    Peter Levi
    “Sings. Hope in every sphere of life is a privilege that attaches to action. No action, no hope.”
  • Rose F. Kennedy
    Rose F. Kennedy
    “Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “When two friends have a common bank account, one sings and the other weeps.”
  • John B. S. Haldane
    John B. S. Haldane
    “I wish I had the voice of Homer to sing of rectal carcinoma.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.”

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. singan; Ger. singen, Goth. siggwan.

Usage

In literature:

Throughout the ranks sounded a clearing of throats; it was evident that the men felt like singing, presently would sing.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
They sing their praises to the Great Spirit and dance with joy.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
But she don't sing; at least, they ain't any report to that effect.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
At six p.m. when I returned to my quarters I found Chanden Sing still polishing my footgear with all his might.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She sings, her lovely voice thrilling and sobbing through the room, sings with a passionate desire to prove her powers, and well succeeds.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
They breathe their secrets to my soul, With me they sing, with me condole.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Betty had never heard such singing before.
"Odd" by Amy Le Feuvre
When the speaker had closed his remarks he asked that the quartet sing "Nearer My God to Thee," and we sang it.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
He had written spirited verses in his youth; and though his muse had become mournful, she continued to sing.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
If they then range too high, don't sing them, sing something else.
"The Child-Voice in Singing" by Francis E. Howard
One chorus sings it, and the other echoes 'Softly rest;' then both together swell the strain.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
I would sing that until I gained courage and confidence to sing a harder selection.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Singing with the wrong voice, which also means with a wrong method, had exhausted him.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
Sing praises to God, sing praises.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Nor did she sing the music well.
"Interpreters" by Carl Van Vechten
She felt singing from head to foot like a twanged bowstring.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
I've no time to sing during the day, and if I didn't sing my child to sleep of an evening, I'd never have a chance to sing at all.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
We learn to sing by singing and not by carrying bricks upon our chest or other idiotic antics.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
He could understand nothing of the dialogue, but the gestures, the laughter, the wild singing, were shocking to him.
"The Little Schoolmaster Mark" by J. H. Shorthouse
When the little one began to sing, he did not sing chewink but ortolan, and he did it so well that one could hardly tell which bird was singing.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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In poetry:

Sing therefore high praises, and therefore
Sing songs that are ancient as gold,
Of earth in her garments of gold;
Nor ask of their meaning, nor wherefore
They charm as of yore, for behold!
The Earth is as fair as of old.
"Geotheos" by Ambrose Bierce
You never sing save when you feel
The ecstasy of thoughtless joy;
All silent through the boughs you steal
When storms or fears or pains annoy;
With bards 'tis quite a different thing,
The more they ache the more they sing.
"To The Birds" by Peter McArthur
He sighed in his singing, and after each groan,
"Come willow, willow, willow!
I am dead to all pleasure, my true-love is gone;
O willow, willow, willow!
O willow, willow, willow!
Sing, O the green willow shall be my garl-and.
"Willow, Willow, Willow" by Henry Morley
Sing thou of Hope!
Of Hope that lights the world to strong endeavour!
Height beyond height but loftier summits show,
Depth beneath depth reveals a depth below.
Choose thou the best. There is no resting ever.
Sing thou of Hope!
"The Song Of Life" by George Essex Evans
NISIDA sings.
O nightingale, whose sweet exulting strain
Tells of thy triumphs to the listening grove,
Thou fill'st my heart with envy and with pain!--
But no, but no, for if thou sing'st of love
Jealousy's pangs and sorrow's tears remain!
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
NISIDA (singing).
O nightingale, whose sweet exulting strain
Tells of thy triumphs to the listening grove,
Thou fill'st my heart with envy and with pain.
But no; but no; for if thou sing'st of love,
Jealousy's pangs and sorrow's tears remain.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Sing the fight song at D.C.'s best college football bars.
Tate Stevens Sings Randy Houser's 'Anything Goes' on 'X Factor,' Judges Anoint Him Next Country Star.
Canadian Tenors sing at City Council.
Baritone Quinn Kelsey sings Ezio.
Many sports fanatics and memorabilia collectors will be singing praises this weekend at the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel.
The Awesomeness of Singing About Frogs, Toads, and Newts.
Johnny Mathis sings the Hits of Bacharach & Kaempfert.
Survivors of Ugandan violence sing in the African Children's Choir.
Reneé Fleming sings "Mio Caro Bene ".
" Cupid recently appeared on the singing competition, but was not selected to move forward after singing his own hit song " Cupid Shuffle.
The song is a difficult song to sing anyway, but the fact it has Whitney's name behind it makes anyone having to sing it nervous.
He is not good at singing, as this video of him singing Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" proves.
Carly Rose Sonenclar, the young singing actress who has been seen on Broadway in Wonderland and Les Miserables, is among the top 12 finalists for Fox TV's singing competition, "The X Factor ".
I met up with Sarah — we've been longtime friends — and I was singing a lot of these songs in my falsetto and I thought it'd be really cool to have a girl sing them.
Share a video of yourself singing your favorite song from the Live Like That album for a chance to sing onstage with the band.
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In science:

Now by Fubini’s theorem for ˜P a.e. ˜ω the a.e. ˜V we have µ ˜ω ,Vλ ,1,sing(R) = 0 situation described above happens for pV a.e. V .
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
Note that p ˜V µ ˜ω ,V ,1,sing(R) = 0 is measurable, because the map V 7→ µ ˜ω ,V ,1 is Borelian as well as the Lebesgue decomposition.
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
By the same arguments as above the set of ω where µω ,1,sing(R) = 0 is measurable.
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
Fubini’s theorem now implies that µω ,1,sing (R) = 0 for P a.e. ω .
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
Since for P a.e. ω one also has that µω is a.c. w.r.t. µω ,1 , we finally obtain that µω ,sing (R) = 0 for P a.e. ω .
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
Then E passes through every point of Sing B ′ and is tangent to each of Q′ and C ′ .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
We have an orthogonal direct-sum decomposition ΣB = hhB i ⊕ MP ∈Sing B Recall that ΛB is the primitive closure of ΣB in H 2 (XB , Z).
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Let ˜Γ be a lift of a splitting curve Γ, and let P be a point of Sing B .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Let Bi be an irreducible component of B that contains P ∈ Sing B and is smooth at P .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Let Bi be an irreducible component of B that contains P ∈ Sing B and is smooth at P .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Since x − y is effective and (x − y , hB ) = 0, we have xP − yP ∈ hEP i+ for every P ∈ Sing B by Lemma 5.1.
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Suppose that x 6= y , and let P ∈ Sing B be a point such that xP 6= yP .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Since C is smooth, xP is vsmooth with mP (xP ) being even for every P ∈ Sing B .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
Suppose that x ∈ ΣB and hence xP ∈ hEP i for any P ∈ Sing B .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
We denote by sing ℓ the set of irreducible components of E , and let E = GP ∈sing ℓ be the irreducible decomposition of E .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
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