What does strum mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strum(verb)

    sound of strumming

    "the strum of a guitar"

  2. strum, thrum(verb)

    sound the strings of (a string instrument)

    "strum a guitar"


  1. strum(Noun)

    The sound made by playing various strings of a stringed instrument simultaneously.

  2. strum(Noun)

    The act of strumming.

  3. strum(Verb)

    To play a guitar or other stringed instrument using various strings simultaneously.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strum

    to play on an instrument of music, or as on an instrument, in an unskillful or noisy way; to thrum; as, to strum a piano

  2. Origin: [Probably of imitative origin. Cf. Thrum.]


  1. Strum

    In music, strumming is way of playing a stringed instrument such as a guitar. A strum or stroke is a sweeping action where a fingernail or plectrum brushes past several strings in order to set them all into motion and thereby play a chord. Strums are executed by the dominant hand, right for a right-handed musician and left for a left handed one, while the other hand holds down notes on the fretboard. Strums are contrasted with plucking, as means of activating strings into audible vibration, because in plucking, only one string is activated by a surface at a time. A hand-held pick or plectrum can only be used to pluck one string at a time, but multiple strings can be strummed by one. Plucking multiple strings simultaneously requires a fingerstyle or fingerpick technique. A strumming pattern or strum is a preset pattern used by a rhythm guitar. Compare with pattern picking, strumming patterns may be indicated through notation, tablature, up and down arrows, or slashes. For example, a pattern in common time or 4/4 consisting of alternating down and up eight note strokes may be written:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strum

    strum, v.t. to play on (as a musical instrument) in a coarse, noisy manner:—pr.p. strum′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. strummed. [A variant of thrum.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strum in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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