whis·tle /ˈhwɪsəl, ˈwɪ-/
Whis·tle v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whistled p. pr. & vb. n. Whistling ]
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.
Whis·tle, v. t.
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.”
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.
n 1: the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam
coming out of a small aperture [syn: whistling]
2: the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or
blowing a whistle; "the whistle signalled the end of the
game" [syn: whistling]
3: acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or
into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound
4: an inexpensive fipple flute [syn: pennywhistle, tin
v 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: sing]
6: give a signal by whistling; "She whistled for her maid"