warble


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war·ble 1

 (wôr′bəl)
v. war·bled, war·bling, war·bles
v.tr.
To sing (a note or song, for example) with trills, runs, or other melodic embellishments.
v.intr.
1. To sing with trills, runs, or quavers.
2. To be sounded in a trilling or quavering manner.
n.
The act or an instance of singing with trills, runs, or quavers.

[Middle English werbelen, from Old North French werbler, dialectal variant of Old French guerbler, to sing in a certain way (perhaps by modulating), of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch wervelen and Old Norse hvirfla, to whirl.]

war·ble 2

 (wôr′bəl)
n.
1.
a. An abscessed boillike swelling on the back of cattle, deer, and certain other animals, caused by the larva of a warble fly.
b. The warble fly, especially in its larval stage.
2. A hard lump of tissue on a riding horse's back caused by rubbing of the saddle.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Swedish varbulde.]

warble

(ˈwɔːbəl)
vb
1. (Music, other) to sing (words, songs, etc) with trills, runs, and other embellishments
2. (Music, other) (tr) to utter in a song
3. (Music, other) US another word for yodel
n
(Music, other) the act or an instance of warbling
[C14: via Old French werbler from Germanic; compare Frankish hwirbilōn (unattested), Old High German wirbil whirlwind; see whirl]

warble

(ˈwɔːbəl)
n
1. (Veterinary Science) a small lumpy abscess under the skin of cattle caused by infestation with larvae of the warble fly
2. (Veterinary Science) a hard tumorous lump of tissue on a horse's back, caused by prolonged friction of a saddle
[C16: of uncertain origin]
ˈwarbled adj

war•ble1

(ˈwɔr bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments, as a bird.
2. to yodel.
3. (of electronic equipment) to produce a continuous sound varying regularly in pitch and frequency.
v.t.
4. to sing (an aria or other selection) with trills, quavers, or melodious turns.
5. to express or celebrate in or as if in song; carol.
n.
6. a warbled song or succession of melodic trills, quavers, etc.
7. the act of warbling.
[1300–50; Middle English werble a tune < Old North French < Germanic; compare Old High German werbel something that turns]

war•ble2

(ˈwɔr bəl)

n.
1. a small, hard tumor on a horse's back, produced by the galling of the saddle.
2. a lump in the skin of an animal's back, containing the larva of a warble fly.
[1575–85; orig. uncertain; compare obsolete Swedish varbulde boil]
war′bled, adj.

warble

- Has the underlying notion of "whirling around"; for sounds, it took on the meaning "whirl of notes; trill."
See also related terms for whirl.

warble

In naval mine warfare, the process of varying the frequency of sound produced by a narrow band noisemaker to ensure that the frequency to which the mine will respond is covered.

Warble

 the united sound of bird song.
Examples: the general warble of the season, 1776; the warble of the grove, 1794.

warble


Past participle: warbled
Gerund: warbling

Imperative
warble
warble
Present
I warble
you warble
he/she/it warbles
we warble
you warble
they warble
Preterite
I warbled
you warbled
he/she/it warbled
we warbled
you warbled
they warbled
Present Continuous
I am warbling
you are warbling
he/she/it is warbling
we are warbling
you are warbling
they are warbling
Present Perfect
I have warbled
you have warbled
he/she/it has warbled
we have warbled
you have warbled
they have warbled
Past Continuous
I was warbling
you were warbling
he/she/it was warbling
we were warbling
you were warbling
they were warbling
Past Perfect
I had warbled
you had warbled
he/she/it had warbled
we had warbled
you had warbled
they had warbled
Future
I will warble
you will warble
he/she/it will warble
we will warble
you will warble
they will warble
Future Perfect
I will have warbled
you will have warbled
he/she/it will have warbled
we will have warbled
you will have warbled
they will have warbled
Future Continuous
I will be warbling
you will be warbling
he/she/it will be warbling
we will be warbling
you will be warbling
they will be warbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been warbling
you have been warbling
he/she/it has been warbling
we have been warbling
you have been warbling
they have been warbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been warbling
you will have been warbling
he/she/it will have been warbling
we will have been warbling
you will have been warbling
they will have been warbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been warbling
you had been warbling
he/she/it had been warbling
we had been warbling
you had been warbling
they had been warbling
Conditional
I would warble
you would warble
he/she/it would warble
we would warble
you would warble
they would warble
Past Conditional
I would have warbled
you would have warbled
he/she/it would have warbled
we would have warbled
you would have warbled
they would have warbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.warble - a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
Verb1.warble - sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or belowwarble - sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
2.warble - sing by changing registerwarble - sing by changing register; sing by yodeling; "The Austrians were yodeling in the mountains"
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"

warble

verb
1. sing, trill, chirp, twitter, chirrup, make melody, pipe, quaver A flock of birds was warbling in the trees.
noun
1. song, trill, quaver, twitter, call, cry, chirp, chirrup the soft warble of her speaking voice
Translations
تَغْريديُغَرِّد، يَصْدَح
kvidrekvidren
trillázástrillázik
dillandi söngur; kvaksyngja meî dillandi rödd; kvaka
čiulbesys
bērt treļļustrallināšanatrallināttreļļi
švitoreniešvitoriť
ötmeötüştitrek sesle şarkı söylemek

warble

[ˈwɔːbl]
A. N [of bird] → trino m, gorjeo m
C. VIgorjear, trinar

warble

[ˈwɔːrbəl]
n [bird] → gazouillis m
vigazouiller

warble

nTrällern nt
viträllern; he warbled away as he stood in the shower (inf)er trällerte fröhlich vor sich hin, während er unter der Dusche stand
vtträllern

warble

[ˈwɔːbl]
1. n (of bird) → trillo
2. vi (bird) → trillare; (person) → gorgheggiare

warble

(ˈwoːbl) verb
to sing in a trembling voice, as some birds do. The bird was warbling (his song) on a high branch.
noun
an act, or the sound, of warbling. the warble of a bird in summer.
ˈwarbler noun
any of several kinds of small singing bird.
References in classic literature ?
Hugo, getting thirsty after a long warble, drinks it, loses his wits, and after a good deal of clutching and stamping, falls flat and dies, while Hagar informs him what she has done in a song of exquisite power and melody.
It consisted in a peculiar bird-like turn, a sort of liquid warble, produced by touching the tongue to the roof of the mouth at short intervals in the midst of the music -- the reader probably remembers how to do it, if he has ever been a boy.
Within the palace he heard some music, as of many instruments cunningly played, and the melodious warble of nightingales and other birds, and by this, and the appetising smell of many dainty dishes of which he presently became aware, he judged that feasting and merry making were going on.
And now gay-plumaged birds of all sorts began to warble in the trees, and with their varied and gladsome notes seemed to welcome and salute the fresh morn that was beginning to show the beauty of her countenance at the gates and balconies of the east, shaking from her locks a profusion of liquid pearls; in which dulcet moisture bathed, the plants, too, seemed to shed and shower down a pearly spray, the willows distilled sweet manna, the fountains laughed, the brooks babbled, the woods rejoiced, and the meadows arrayed themselves in all their glory at her coming.
Everything in this charming retreat, from the warble of the birds to the smile of the mistress, breathed tranquillity and repose.
If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song.
All do not, like the fabled phoenix, warble sweet melodies in their agony; sometimes they spit venom--venom you must breathe whether you will or no, for you cannot seal their mouths, though you may fetter their limbs.
asked Jamie with pride, as he regarded his Pokey, who just then had been moved to execute a funny little jig and warble the well-known couplet
As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest.
Emmy, quite at ease, as this was her husband's only cause of disquiet, took his hand, and with a radiant face and smile began to warble that stanza from the favourite song of "Wapping Old Stairs," in which the heroine, after rebuking her Tom for inattention, promises "his trousers to mend, and his grog too to make," if he will be constant and kind, and not forsake her.
This natural tunefulness made Phoebe seem like a bird in a shadowy tree; or conveyed the idea that the stream of life warbled through her heart as a brook sometimes warbles through a pleasant little dell.
Now slow The plectrum led to prayer the cloistered chords, Now loudly with the crash of falling rain, Now soft as the leaf whispering of words, Now loud and soft together as the long Patter of pearls and seed-pearls on a dish Of marble; liquid now as from the bush Warbles the mango bird; meandering Now as the streamlet seawards; voiceless now As the wild torrent in the strangling arms Of her ice-lover, lying motionless, Lulled in a passion far too deep for sound.