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whistle

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Whistle \Whis"tle\, verb (used with an object)

1. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.

2. To send, signal, or call by a whistle.

He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he had whistled him up. --Addison.

{To whistle off}. (a) To dismiss by a whistle; -- a term in hawking. "AS a long-winged hawk when he is first whistled off the fist, mounts aloft." --Burton. (b) Hence, in general, to turn loose; to abandon; to dismiss.

I 'ld whistle her off, and let her down the wind To prey at fortune. --Shak.

Note: "A hawk seems to have been usually sent off in this way, against the wind when sent in search of prey; with or down the wind, when turned loose, and abandoned." --Nares.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Whistle \Whis"tle\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Whistled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whistling}.] [AS. hwistlian; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan. hvisle, Icel. hv[imac]sla to whisper, and E. whisper. [root]43. See {Whisper}.]

1. To make a kind of musical sound, or series of sounds, by forcing the breath through a small orifice formed by contracting the lips; also, to emit a similar sound, or series of notes, from the mouth or beak, as birds.

The weary plowman leaves the task of day, And, trudging homeward, whistles on the way. --Gay.

2. To make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone.

3. To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.

The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Whistle \Whis"tle\, noun [AS. hwistle a pipe, flute, whistle. See {Whistle}, verb (used without an object)]

1. A sharp, shrill, more or less musical sound, made by forcing the breath through a small orifice of the lips, or through or instrument which gives a similar sound; the sound used by a sportsman in calling his dogs; the shrill note of a bird; as, the sharp whistle of a boy, or of a boatswain's pipe; the blackbird's mellow whistle.

Might we but hear The folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes, . . . Or whistle from the lodge. --Milton.

The countryman could not forbear smiling, . . . and by that means lost his whistle. --Spectator.

They fear his whistle, and forsake the seas. --Dryden.

2. The shrill sound made by wind passing among trees or through crevices, or that made by bullet, or the like, passing rapidly through the air; the shrill noise (much used as a signal, etc.) made by steam or gas escaping through a small orifice, or impinging against the edge of a metallic bell or cup.

3. An instrument in which gas or steam forced into a cavity, or against a thin edge, produces a sound more or less like that made by one who whistles through the compressed lips; as, a child's whistle; a boatswain's whistle; a steam whistle (see {Steam whistle}, under {Steam}).

The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew. --Pope.

4. The mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of whistling. [Colloq.]

So was her jolly whistle well ywet. --Chaucer.

Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles. --Walton.

{Whistle duck} (Zool.), the American golden-eye.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

whistle

noun

1: the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture [syn: {whistle}, {whistling}]

2: the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle; "the whistle signalled the end of the game" [syn: {whistle}, {whistling}]

3: a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it

4: acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound

5: an inexpensive fipple flute [syn: {pennywhistle}, {tin whistle}, {whistle}]

verb

1: make whistling sounds; "He lay there, snoring and whistling"

2: move with, or as with, a whistling sound; "The bullets whistled past him"

3: utter or express by whistling; "She whistled a melody"

4: move, send, or bring as if by whistling; "Her optimism whistled away these worries"

5: make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound; "the kettle was singing"; "the bullet sang past his ear" [syn: {whistle}, {sing}]

6: give a signal by whistling; "She whistled for her maid"

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