howling


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howl·ing

 (hou′lĭng)
adj.
1. Marked by the sound of howling: a howling wind.
2. Desolate; dreary: a howling wilderness.
3. Slang Very great; tremendous: a howling success.

howling

(ˈhaʊlɪŋ)
adj
(prenominal) informal (intensifier): a howling success; a howling error.
ˈhowlingly adv

howl•ing

(ˈhaʊ lɪŋ)

adj.
1. desolate or dreary: a howling wasteland.
2. very great; tremendous: a howling triumph.
[1250–1300]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.howling - a long loud emotional utterancehowling - a long loud emotional utterance; "he gave a howl of pain"; "howls of laughter"; "their howling had no effect"
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
Adj.1.howling - extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers; "a fantastic trip to the Orient"; "the film was fantastic!"; "a howling success"; "a marvelous collection of rare books"; "had a rattling conversation about politics"; "a tremendous achievement"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
Translations

howling

[ˈhaʊlɪŋ] ADJ [success] → clamoroso

howling

[ˈhaʊlɪŋ] adj
a howling gale → un vent à décorner les bœufs

howling

n (of person)Gebrüll nt, → Geschrei nt; (= noisy crying, of animal) → Heulen nt, → Geheul nt; (of wind)Heulen nt; stop that child’s howling!bring das Kind zum Schweigen!
adj
(lit)heulend
(inf: = tremendous) → enorm; a howling successein Riesenerfolg m

howling

[ˈhaʊlɪŋ] adj (wind, gale) → che ulula
howling success (fig) → successo travolgente
References in classic literature ?
Now, Laurie felt just then that his heart was entirely broken and the world a howling wilderness, but at the sound of certain words which the old gentleman artfully introduced into his closing sentence, the broken heart gave an unexpected leap, and a green oasis or two suddenly appeared in the howling wilderness.
The howling of the wind grew louder, flecks of foam began to separate themselves from the crests of the waves, and the vessel pitched, rolled and tossed more violently.
On those bitter, starlit nights, as we sat around the old stove that fed us and warmed us and kept us cheerful, we could hear the coyotes howling down by the corrals, and their hungry, wintry cry used to remind the boys of wonderful animal stories; about grey wolves and bears in the Rockies, wildcats and panthers in the Virginia mountains.
It may be as you say," he continued, reverting to the purport of Heyward's last remark; "and the greater the reason why we should cut our steaks, and let the carcass drive down the stream, or we shall have the pack howling along the cliffs, begrudging every mouthful we swallow.
Thus we behold Kentucke, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent.
and how often was he thrown into complete dismay by some rushing blast, howling among the trees, in the idea that it was the Galloping Hessian on one of his nightly scourings!
It stood on a sharp bleak corner, where that tempestuous wind Euroclydon kept up a worse howling than ever it did about poor Paul's tossed craft.
Yes, and we flipped it at the rate of ten gallons the hour; and when the squall came (for it's squally off there by Patagonia), and all hands --visitors and all --were called to reef topsails, we were so top-heavy that we had to swing each other aloft in bowlines; and we ignorantly furled the skirts of our jackets into the sails, so that we hung there, reefed fast in the howling gale, a warning example to all drunken tars.
I never saw him so angry before; but as Bill was still howling and whining, like the coward that he was, he did not give him any more punishment of that kind, but set him up on a stool for the rest of the afternoon, and said that he should not go out to play for that week.
Jurgis knew nothing of this, but went back to "Packers' Avenue," and in front of the "Central Time Station" he saw one of his companions, breathless and wild with excitement, narrating to an ever growing throng how the four had been attacked and surrounded by a howling mob, and had been nearly torn to pieces.
It was a common trick with the boys--particularly if a stranger was present--to pretend a cramp and howl for help; then when the stranger came tearing hand over hand to the rescue, the howler would go on struggling and howling till he was close at hand, then replace the howl with a sarcastic smile and swim blandly away, while the town boys assailed the dupe with a volley of jeers and laughter.
Say, Tom -- they say a stray dog come howling around Johnny Miller's house, 'bout midnight, as much as two weeks ago; and a whippoorwill come in and lit on the banisters and sung, the very same evening; and there ain't anybody dead there yet.