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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hiss /ˈhɪs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hiss v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hissed p. pr. & vb. n. Hissing.]
 1. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
    The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee.   --Ezek. xxvii. 36.
 2. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
 Shod with steel,
 We hissed along the polished ice.   --Wordsworth.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hiss, v. t.
 1. To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
    If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them.   --Shak.
 Malcolm.   What is the newest grief?
 Ros.  That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.   --Shak.
 2. To utter with a hissing sound.
    The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise.   --Tennyson.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hiss, n.
 1. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.
    =\“Hiss implies audible friction of breath consonants.\=   --H. Sweet.
 A dismal, universal hiss, the sound
 Of public scorn.   --Milton.
 2. Any sound resembling that above described; as: (a) The noise made by a serpent.
    But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue.   --Milton.
 (b) The note of a goose when irritated. (c) The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a fricative sound (especially as an expression of
           disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over
           the hissing of the audience" [syn: hissing, sibilation]
      2: a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt [syn:
          boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, raspberry, razzing, snort,
      v 1: make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval [syn:
           siss, sizz, sibilate]
      2: move with a whooshing sound [syn: whoosh]
      3: express or utter with a hiss [syn: sizz, siss, sibilate]
      4: show displeasure, as after a performance or speech [syn: boo]
         [ant: applaud]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    to express contempt (Job 27:23). The destruction of the temple
    is thus spoken of (1 Kings 9:8). Zechariah (10:8) speaks of the
    Lord gathering the house of Judah as it were with a hiss: "I
    will hiss for them." This expression may be "derived from the
    noise made to attract bees in hiving, or from the sound
    naturally made to attract a person's attention."