A llittle girl sings with her mother.
- The definition of a sing is a gathering of people to produce musical sounds with their voices.
An example of a sing is a choir performance.
- Sing is defined as to make musical sounds with the voice, or is slang meaning to confess to a crime.
- An example of sing is to hum a tune.
- An example of sing is for a person to admit they robbed a bank.
intransitive verbsang, sung, singing
- to produce musical sounds or notes with the voice, esp. in a connected series, as in giving voice to a song
- to perform musical selections vocally, esp. as a professional
- to use song or verse in description, praise, etc.: of thee I sing
- to make musical sounds like those made by the human voice, as a violin or songbird
- to make a sound of whistling, buzzing, humming, etc., as a steaming teakettle, a bee, a strong wind, etc.
- to have a sensation of ringing, humming, buzzing, etc., as the ears
- to admit of being sung
- to be exultant; rejoice: a sight to make one's heart sing
- Slang to confess to a crime, esp. so as to implicate others
Origin of singMiddle English singen ; from Old English singan, akin to German singen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sengwh- from source Classical Greek omphē, a voice, oracle
- to render or deliver (a song, musical role, etc.) by singing
- to chant or intone (part of a church service, etc.)
- to describe, proclaim, extol, celebrate, etc. in or as in song or verse: to sing someone's praises
- to bring to a given state or place by or with singing: to sing a baby to sleep
- Informal singing by a group gathered for the purpose
- such a gathering of people
verbsang sang or sung , sung sung, sing·ing, sings
- Music a. To utter a series of words or sounds in musical tones.b. To vocalize songs or selections.c. To perform songs or selections as a trained or professional singer.d. To produce sounds when played: made the violin sing.
- a. To make melodious sounds: birds singing outside the window.b. To give or have the effect of melody; lilt.
- To make a high whining, humming, or whistling sound.
- To be filled with a buzzing or ringing sound.
- a. To proclaim or extol something in verse.b. To write poetry.
- Slang To give information or evidence against someone.
- Music a. To produce the musical sound of: sang a love song.b. To utter with musical inflections: She sang the message.c. To bring to a specified state by singing: sang the baby to sleep.
- To intone or chant (parts of the Mass, for example).
- To proclaim or extol, especially in verse: sang his praises.
Origin of singMiddle English singen, from Old English singan; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sings, present participle singing, simple past sang, past participle sung or (archaic) sungen)
- (intransitive) To produce musical or harmonious sounds with one's voice.
- "I really want to sing in the school choir." said Vera.
- To express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization.
- To soothe with singing.
- to sing somebody to sleep
- (intransitive, slang) To confess under interrogation.
- To make a small, shrill sound.
- The air sings in passing through a crevice.
- To relate in verse; to celebrate in poetry.
From Middle English singen, from Old English singan 'to sing, recite', from Proto-Germanic *singwanÄ… (compare West Frisian sjonge, Low German singen, Dutch zingen, German singen, Danish synge, Swedish sjunga), from Proto-Indo-European *sengÊ·h- (compare Middle Welsh deongl (“to explain"), Ancient Greek á½Î¼Ï†Î® (omphá¸—, “voice, oracle"), Prakrit saá¹ƒghai 'to say, teach').
- (law) Abbreviation of Singapore.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Geographical Terms: Foreign countries and regions", Table T10.3, p. 438-443.