whistling

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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.]
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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
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whis•tling

(ˈʰwɪs lɪŋ, ˈwɪs-)

n.
1. the act of a person or thing that whistles.
2. the sound produced.
[before 900]
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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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Translations

whistling

hwɪslɪŋ] nsifflement m
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whistling

nPfeifen nt
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Off I went, pitchfork in hand whistling nonchalantly.