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THRUM, n. [Gr. a fragment; to break.] The ends of weaver's threads.

1. Any coarse yarn.

2. Thrums, among gardeners, the thread-like internal bushy parts of flowers; the stamens.

THRUM, v.i. To play coarsely on an instrument with the fingers.

THRUM, v.t. To weave; to know; to twist; to fringe.

1. Among seamen, to insert short pieces of rope-yard or spun yard in a sail or mat.



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THRUM, n. [Gr. a fragment; to break.] The ends of weaver's threads.

1. Any coarse yarn.

2. Thrums, among gardeners, the thread-like internal bushy parts of flowers; the stamens.

THRUM, v.i. To play coarsely on an instrument with the fingers.

THRUM, v.t. To weave; to know; to twist; to fringe.

1. Among seamen, to insert short pieces of rope-yard or spun yard in a sail or mat.

THRUM, n. [Ice. thraum; G. trumm; D. drom, the end of a thing; Gr. θρυμμα, a fragment; θρυπτω, to break.]

  1. The ends of weaver's threads.
  2. Any coarse yarn. Bacon.
  3. Thrums, among gardeners, the thread-like internal bushy parts of flowers; the stamens.

THRUM, v.i. [D. trom, a drum.]

To play coarsely on an instrument with the fingers. Dryden.


THRUM, v.t.

  1. To weave; to knot; to twist; to fringe. Cavendish.
  2. Among seamen, to insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in a sail or mat. Dict.

Thrum
  1. One of the ends of weaver's threads; hence, any soft, short threads or tufts resembling these.
  2. To furnish with thrums] to insert tufts in; to fringe.

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

  3. To play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum.
  4. To play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner.
  5. Any coarse yarn; an unraveled strand of rope.
  6. 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.

    Totten.
  7. Hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise; as, to thrum on a table.
  8. Hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table.
  9. A threadlike part of a flower; a stamen.
  10. A shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam.
  11. 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

THRUM, noun [Gr. a fragment; to break.] The ends of weaver's threads.

1. Any coarse yarn.

2. Thrums, among gardeners, the thread-like internal bushy parts of flowers; the stamens.

THRUM, verb intransitive To play coarsely on an instrument with the fingers.

THRUM, verb transitive To weave; to know; to twist; to fringe.

1. Among seamen, to insert short pieces of rope-yard or spun yard in a sail or mat.

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