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


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Whis·tling a. & n. from Whistle, v.
 Whistling buoy. Naut. See under Buoy.
 Whistling coot Zool., the American black scoter.
 Whistling Dick. Zool. (a) An Australian shrike thrush (Colluricincla Selbii). (b) The song thrush. [Prov. Eng.]
 Whistling duck. Zool. (a) The golden-eye. (b) A tree duck.
 Whistling eagle Zool., a small Australian eagle (Haliastur sphenurus); -- called also whistling hawk, and little swamp eagle.
 Whistling plover. Zool. (a) The golden plover. (b) The black-bellied, or gray, plover.
 Whistling snipe Zool., the American woodcock.
 Whistling swan. Zool. (a) The European whooper swan; -- called also wild swan, and elk. (b) An American swan (Olor columbianus).  See under Swan.
 Whistling teal Zool., a tree duck, as Dendrocygna awsuree of India.
 Whistling thrush. Zool. (a) Any one of several species of singing birds of the genus Myiophonus, native of Asia, Australia, and the East Indies. They are generally black, glossed with blue, and have a patch of bright blue on each shoulder. Their note is a loud and clear whistle. (b) The song thrush. [Prov. Eng.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam
           coming out of a small aperture [syn: whistle]
      2: the act of whistling a tune; "his cheerful whistling
         indicated that he enjoyed his work"
      3: the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or
         blowing a whistle; "the whistle signalled the end of the
         game" [syn: whistle]