to thrum

To play on any instrument stringed with wire.

A thrummer of wire ; a player on the spinet, harpsichord, or guitar.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Thrum (?), n. [OE. thrum, throm; akin to OD. drom, D. dreum, G. trumm, lump, end, fragment, OHG. drum end, Icel. romr edge, brim, and L. terminus a limit, term. Cf. Term.] [Written also thrumb.]


One of the ends of weaver's threads; hence, any soft, short threads or tufts resembling these.


Any coarse yarn; an unraveled strand of rope.

3. Bot.

A threadlike part of a flower; a stamen.

4. Mining

A shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam.

5. Naut.

A mat made of canvas and tufts of yarn.

Thrum cap, a knitted cap. Halliwell. -- Thrum hat, a hat made of coarse woolen cloth. Minsheu.


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Thrum, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thrummed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Thrumming.]


To furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe.

Are we born to thrum caps or pick straw? Quarles.

2. 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.



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Thrum, v. i. [CF. Icel. ruma to rattle, to thunder, and E. drum.]


To play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum.


Hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise; as, to thrum on a table.


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Thrum, v. t.


To play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner.


Hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table.


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