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murmur (sound)

Definition:

a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

Class:

event noun (natural events)

Related to:

murmurer | murmurous

Plural:

murmurs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"expression of discontent by grumbling", from Old French murmure (12th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

List of collective nouns

This is a list of Standard English collective nouns. The large number of collective nouns in English is based on a tradition of venery which arose in the Late Middle Ages. Standard terms for particular groups are listed first in each group and shown in... (45 of 2520 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

murmuration

[literary] the act of murmuring or grumbling; an instance of murmuring or grumbling | a collective term for starlings (18 of 179 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

murmur | murmuration [noun, related] | murmurer [noun, related] | murmuring [adjective, related]

a low, indistinct, continuous sound, as of a stream, far-off voices, etc. | a mumbled or muttered complaint | [medicine] any abnormal sound heard by ... (23 of 72 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

murmuration

Syllabification: (mur·mur·a·tion) | [literary] : the action of murmuring | [rare] : a flock of starlings. (14 of 62 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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murmuration [literary]

the action of murmuring | [rare] : a flock of starlings. (10 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Random House Dictionary:

murmuration

an act or instance of murmuring. | a flock of starlings. (10 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/murmuration

Wiktionary:

murmuration | murmurations [plural]

An act or instance of murmuring. | A flock of starlings. (10 of 11 words, 2 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

mutter | muttered [past tense] | muttering [present participle] | mutters [3rd-person singular present] | mutterer [noun, related]

To speak indistinctly in low tones. | To complain or grumble morosely. | To utter or say in low indistinct tones. | A low grumble or indistinct ... (24 of 47 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

mutter | grumble [synonym, sense-specific] | beef [synonym, sense-specific] | bellyache [synonym, sense-specific] | bitch [synonym, sense-specific] | bleat [synonym, sense-specific] | carp [synonym, sense-specific] | caterwaul [synonym, sense-specific] | crab [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to utter sounds or words indistinctly or with a low voice and with the lips partly closed | to murmur complainingly or angrily; "grumble" | to utter ... (25 of 183 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

mutter | muttering [singular] | mutters [plural] | mutterings [plural] | muttered [past tense]

[intransitive/transitive] to talk in a quiet voice that is difficult to ... | [intransitive] to complain indirectly or unofficially (18 of 113 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mutter

Cambridge Dictionary:

mutter [entry 1]

to speak quietly and in a low voice that is not easy to hear, often when you are worried or complaining about something (23 of 58 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mutter 1

mutter [entry 2, singular]

(the sound of) words being said very quietly (8 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mutter 2

mutter [entry 3]

a complaint which is made privately (6 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mutter 3

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sound [physics]

a mechanical disturbance from a state of equilibrium that propagates through an elastic material medium. A purely subjective definition of sound is ... (22 of 1231 words, 12 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

sound | audio frequency

any disturbance that travels through an elastic medium such as air, ground, or water to be heard by the human ear. When a body vibrates, or moves back ... (28 of 100 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

murmuration

an act or sound of murmuring | a flock of starlings (10 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631950​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

murmur

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "expression of discontent by grumbling", from Old French murmure (12th century), noun of action from murmurer, from Latin ... (21 of 68 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

murmur

Origin: Middle English murmure from Old French from Latin, a murmur, roar, muttering from Indo-European echoic base *mormor-, *murmur- ... (18 of 23 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English murmur, murmor, murmour, from Old French murmure (modern French murmure), from Latin murmur ("murmur, humming, muttering, roaring, growling, rushing etc.").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/murmur

murmuration | murmurations [plural]

Origin: 1350-1400; Medieval Latin murmuratio.

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Oxford Dictionary:

murmur | murmur against

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French murmure, from murmurer "to murmur", from Latin murmurare, from murmur "a murmur"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/murmur

murmuration

Origin: late Middle English: from French, from Latin murmuration-, from murmurare "to murmur". The usage as a collective noun dates from the late 15th century

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murmuration [literary]

Origin: late Middle English: from French, from Latin murmuratio(n-), from murmurare "to murmur". The usage as a collective noun dates from the ... (21 of 24 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/murmuration

Collins Dictionary:

murmur

First use: 14th century

Origin: as n, from Latin murmur; vb via Old French murmurer from Latin murmurāre to rumble

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/murmur

American Heritage Dictionary:

murmur | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English murmure, from Old French, from Latin murmur, a humming, roaring, of imitative origin.

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Merriam-Webster:

murmur [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English murmure, from Anglo-French disturbance, from Latin murmur murmur, roar, of imitative origin

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/murmur

Encarta Dictionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin murmurare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631949​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "murmur"

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Collins Dictionary:

murmur

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

murmur [noun] | murmurs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "murmur"

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murmur | murmuring [singular] | murmurings [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "murmur"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

murmur [noun] | murmurs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

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murmur | murmuring [singular] | murmurings [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

murmur [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "murmur"

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the Free Dictionary:

murmur

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Murmuration

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murmuring

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Google Dictionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

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murmuring | murmurings [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

murmur

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YourDictionary Audio:

murmur

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freedictionary.org:

Murmur

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