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 (wĭs′əl, hwĭs′-)
v. whis·tled, whis·tling, whis·tles
1. To produce a clear musical sound by forcing air through the teeth or through an aperture formed by pursing the lips.
2. To produce a clear, shrill, sharp musical sound by passing air over or through an opening: The tea kettle whistled on the stove.
a. To produce a high-pitched sound when moving swiftly through the air: The stone whistled past my head.
b. To produce a high-pitched sound by the rapid movement of air through an opening or past an obstruction: Wind whistled through the cracks in the windows.
4. To emit a shrill, sharp, high-pitched cry, as some birds and other animals.
1. To produce by whistling: whistle a tune.
2. To summon, signal, or direct by whistling: I whistled down a cab. The referee whistled that the play was dead.
3. Sports To signal a rule infraction committed by (a player).
a. A small wind instrument for making whistling sounds by means of the breath.
b. A device for making whistling sounds by means of forced air or steam: a factory whistle.
2. A sound produced by a whistling device or by whistling through the lips.
3. A whistling sound, as of an animal or projectile.
blow the whistle Slang
To expose a wrongdoing in the hope of bringing it to a halt: an attorney who blew the whistle on governmental corruption.
whistle in the dark
To attempt to keep one's courage up.

[Middle English whistlen, from Old English hwistlian.]


(Veterinary Science) vet science a breathing defect of horses characterized by a high-pitched sound with each intake of air. Compare roaring6


(ˈʰwɪs lɪŋ, ˈwɪs-)

1. the act of a person or thing that whistles.
2. the sound produced.
[before 900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whistling - the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperturewhistling - the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
2.whistling - the act of whistling a tunewhistling - the act of whistling a tune; "his cheerful whistling indicated that he enjoyed his work"
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
3.whistling - the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistlewhistling - the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle; "the whistle signalled the end of the game"
signal, signaling, sign - any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"


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She told her story, expecting to be consoled, but Laurie only put his hands in his pockets and walked about the room, whistling softly, as he knit his brows in deep thought.
Around a corner toward the New Willard House he went whistling softly.
He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking-bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence.
Duncan already saw the knife gleaming in the air, when a whistling sound swept past him, and was rather accompanied than followed by the sharp crack of a rifle.
As he approached a little nearer, he thought he saw something white, hanging in the midst of the tree: he paused, and ceased whistling but, on looking more narrowly, perceived that it was a place where the tree had been scathed by lightning, and the white wood laid bare.
When close to the whale, in the very death-lock of the fight, he handled his unpitying lance coolly and off-handedly, as a whistling tinker his hammer.
But Death plucked down some virtuous elder brother, on whose whistling daily toil solely hung the responsibilities of some other family, and left the worse than useless old man standing, till the hideous rot of life should make him easier to harvest.
He was a nice little bright fellow, and always came whistling to his work.
He came down the steps whistling, kicking off the snow.
Shelby, whistling, and snapping a bunch of raisins towards him, "pick that up, now
Now old Merlin stepped into view and cast a dainty web of gossamer threads over Sir Sagramor which turned him into Hamlet's ghost; the king made a sign, the bugles blew, Sir Sagramor laid his great lance in rest, and the next moment here he came thundering down the course with his veil flying out behind, and I went whistling through the air like an arrow to meet him -- cocking my ear the while, as if noting the invisible knight's position and progress by hearing, not sight.
A limpid torrent goes whistling down the glen, and toward the foot of it winds through a narrow cleft between lofty precipices and hurls itself over a succession of falls.