Whistle
Whistle Whis"tle, v. t. [1913 Webster] 1. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air. [1913 Webster]

2. To send, signal, or call by a whistle. [1913 Webster]

He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he had whistled him up. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

I 'ld whistle her off, and let her down the wind To prey at fortune. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • whistle — [hwis′əl, wis′əl] vi. whistled, whistling [ME whistlen < OE hwistlian: for IE base see WHISPER] 1. a) to make a clear, shrill sound or note, or a series of these, by forcing breath between the teeth or through a narrow opening made by… …   English World dictionary

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  • Whistle — Whis tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whistled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whistling}.] [AS. hwistlian; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan. hvisle, Icel. hv[=i]sla to whisper, and E. whisper. [root]43. See {Whisper}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make a kind of musical sound, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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