thrum

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Imitative

Noun[edit]

thrum (plural thrums)

  1. A thrumming sound.
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thrum (third-person singular simple present thrums, present participle thrumming, simple past and past participle thrummed)

  1. To cause a steady rhythmic vibration, usually by plucking.
    She watched as he thrummed the guitar strings absently.
  2. To make a monotonous drumming noise.
    to thrum on a table
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English throm from Old English tunge-þrum from Proto-Germanic *þrum-. Cognate of Old Norse thrǫmr (edge, brim) and German Trumm.

Noun[edit]

thrum (plural thrums)

  1. the ends of the warp threads in a loom which remain unwoven attached to the loom when the web is cut.
  2. (chiefly in plural) a fringe made of such threads.
  3. any short piece of leftover thread or yarn; a tuft or tassel.
  4. (botany) a threadlike part of a flower; a stamen.
  5. (botany) a tuft, bundle, or fringe of any threadlike structures, as hairs on a leaf, fibers of a root.
  6. (anatomy) a bundle of minute blood vessels, a plexus.
  7. (nautical, chiefly in plural) small pieces of rope yarn used for making mats or mops.
  8. (nautical) a mat made of canvas and tufts of yarn.
  9. (mining) A shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam.
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thrum (third-person singular simple present thrums, present participle thrumming, simple past and past participle thrummed)

  1. to furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe.
    • Quarles
      are we born to thrum caps or pick straw?
  2. (nautical) to insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in.
    to thrum a piece of canvas, or a mat, thus making a rough or tufted surface