Whistling
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 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. [1913 Webster]

The weary plowman leaves the task of day, And, trudging homeward, whistles on the way. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air. [1913 Webster]

The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • whistling — noun Date: 14th century the act or sound of one that whistles ; whistle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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