• WordNet 3.6
    • v thrum make a rhythmic sound "Rain drummed against the windshield","The drums beat all night"
    • v thrum sound the strings of (a string instrument) "strum a guitar"
    • v thrum sound with a monotonous hum
    • n thrum a thrumming sound "he could hear the thrum of a banjo"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thrum (Naut) A mat made of canvas and tufts of yarn.
    • Thrum (Mining) A shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam.
    • Thrum (Bot) A threadlike part of a flower; a stamen.
    • Thrum Any coarse yarn; an unraveled strand of rope.
    • Thrum Hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table.
    • Thrum Hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise; as, to thrum on a table.
    • Thrum One of the ends of weaver's threads; hence, any soft, short threads or tufts resembling these.
    • Thrum To furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe. "Are we born to thrum caps or pick straw?"
    • Thrum (Naut) To insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in; as, to thrum a piece of canvas, or a mat, thus making a rough or tufted surface.
    • Thrum To play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum.
    • Thrum To play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thrum The character of being thrumeyed.
    • n thrum The fringe of threads which remains attached to a loom when the web has been cut off; also, one of such threads.
    • n thrum Hence Any loose thread, or a mass or tuft of loose filamentous material.
    • n thrum A tuft, or a collection of tufts; a fringe or tassel.
    • n thrum pl. Naut., short bits of rope-yarn used for sewing on mats.
    • n thrum plural Coarse yarn; waste yarn.
    • n thrum A ragged rocky headland swept by the sea. Also thrum-cap.
    • thrum Made of thrums, or waste yarn: as, a thrum cap or hat.
    • thrum To make of or cover with thrums, or appendages resembling thrums.
    • thrum To thatch.
    • thrum To play with the fingers on a stringed instrument in an idle, listless, monotonous, or unskilful manner; strum.
    • thrum To drum or tap idly on something with the fingers.
    • thrum To play idly or unskilfully on (some stringed instrument) with the fingers; sound by fingering in a listless or monotonous manner.
    • thrum To drum or tap idly on.
    • n thrum A monotonous sound, as from the careless or unskilful fingering of a guitar or harp.
    • n thrum A troop.
    • n thrum A heap.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thrum thrum the end of a weaver's thread, any loose thread or fringe: coarse yarn
    • v.t Thrum to furnish with thrums: to fringe: to insert short pieces of rope-yarn in a mat or piece of canvas:—pr.p. thrum′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. thrummed
    • v.i Thrum thrum to play rudely or monotonously on an instrument with the fingers
    • n Thrum a monotonous sound, as that made by unskilled fingers on a harp, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thrum, throm,; akin to OD. drom, D. dreum, G. trumm, lump, end, fragment, OHG. drum, end, Icel. römr, edge, brim, and L. terminus, a limit, term. Cf. Term


In literature:

Small thrum-mats for muffling oars when required.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Santa started to thrum on the lower strings.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A Window in Thrums, 39.
"Modern English Books of Power" by George Hamlin Fitch
It was an easy matter then to raise and thrum the instrument or talk through the horn.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
The effect of this story was somewhat marred by the comparative failure of the scenes in society remote from Thrums.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The partitions were thin, and everyone stood listening at hiding-places, in spite of the constant thrumming of the pianos.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
With a roar five gigantic material energy engines screamed with thrumming power.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
He twisted the screws and thrummed the strings in a very wise manner.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
She heard the thrum of the string, and then a piercing scream.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He was back riding on the trail when an arrow, thrumming, buried its head in the dirt just in front of him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Home from the kill we thundered
On the tail of the equinox,
To the thrum of straining canvas,
And the whine and groan of blocks.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
Love me? she his vows repeated:
Fiery vows oft sung and thrummed:
Wondered, as on earth a stranger;
Thirsted, trusted, and succumbed.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
There’s peace on low mounds and shallow dells,
Yellow rag-wort and sea-reed grey,
And thrumming and booming of village bells:
Dirge the lives of that faded day.
"Northumbria - A Dirge" by Thomas Runciman
These days — these days, and these nights also!
With eavesdrop thrumming its tattoos at noon,
With icicles (cachectic!) hanging on to gables,
And with the chattering of rills that never sleep!
"March" by Boris Pasternak
So he would play and I would thrum the while;
I used to there every lovely day;
His wife would listen with a sunny smile,
And when I left: "Please come again," she'd say.
"He seems quite sad when you have one away."
"No More Music" by Robert W Service
Was I waking, was I sleeping, did the wet wind go
Thrumming in the slender tops of ships I used to know,
With the deep-sea glory on them all against a sunset sky,
On the tide o' dreams a-sailing out of years gone by?
"The Old Fiddle" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The fundamental note they play is bolstered by dozens of other tones that thrum above and below it — octaves, fourths, major thirds — in realms we can't quite consciously detect.
The air conditioner thrummed loudly in their absence.
What is life like in the thrumming cities of India and what actual opportunities exist for people to make a living there.
You're sure to find one or two that thrum with textual incongruity 8905 Venice Blvd, W.L.A.
Many social commentators claim that the American Dream is dead or dying—a theme politicians will surely thrum in this year's elections.
The gateway into Antique Firearms' moody, shadowy world of thrumming percussion and shimmery guitars is Bradan Dotson's raspy vocal.