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whis·tle

 (wĭs′əl, hwĭs′-)
v. whis·tled, whis·tling, whis·tles
v.intr.
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.
3.
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.
v.tr.
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).
n.
1.
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.
Idioms:
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.]

whistling

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

whis•tling

(ˈʰwɪs lɪŋ, ˈwɪs-)

n.
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"
Translations

whistling

hwɪslɪŋ] nsifflement m

whistling

nPfeifen nt
References in classic literature ?
I have been watching you from over the wall--sitting like IM-patience on a monument, and pouting up that pretty red mouth to whistling shape, and whooing and whooing, and privately swearing, and never being able to produce a note.
By and by he thought he heard a whistle, as of some one whistling a tune.
Two snipe, playing and chasing one another, and only whistling, not crying, flew straight at the very heads of the sportsmen.
And now they're payin' their respects to each other and tryin' to get clear," the red-faced man went on, as the hurried whistling ceased.
He had such a cheery way of whistling, she had told me, it had always brightened her at her work to hear him whistling, and when he whistled he stood with his legs apart, and his hands in the pockets of his knickerbockers.
Pacifique strode sturdily on along the red lane, whistling.
I listened, and heard on the other side of the door a shouting voice, accompanied by an extraordinary rumbling and whistling sound, traveling backward and forward, as well as I could judge, over a great space.
Then did a roaring wind tear the folds apart: whistling, whizzing, and piercing, it threw unto me a black coffin.
The burn was full of trout; the wood of cushat-doves; on the open side of the mountain beyond, whaups would be always whistling, and cuckoos were plentiful.
I'm just whistling, and that only means I'm pretty well satisfied.
Then Robin Hood stepped quickly to the coverside and cut a good staff of ground oak, straight, without new, and six feet in length, and came back trimming away the tender stems from it, while the stranger waited for him, leaning upon his staff, and whistling as he gazed round about.
Suddenly the strange sound of a far-off whistling and thud was heard, followed by a boom of cannon blending into a dull roar that set the windows rattling.