sing [-eth, -ing, -s, sang, sung] v


  1. Of birds, crickets: to produce tuneful, musical sounds.
  2. To make known by singing; announce.
  3. [Fig.] as an extension of the bird metaphor in the poem: to speak or act; to have general ways.
  4. Of people: to utter musical sounds.
  5. To compose poetry.
  6. Both D. and E. meanings are possible.
  7. Of inanimate things: to give out a sound having the quality of a musical note.
  8. [Fig.] communicate solemnly through sounds having musical quality.
  9. Wish strongly, by singing hymns, to achieve immortality.