whistle


whistle
whistle [hwis′əl, wis′əl]
vi.
whistled, whistling [ME whistlen < OE hwistlian: for IE base see WHISPER]
1.
a) to make a clear, shrill sound or note, or a series of these, by forcing breath between the teeth or through a narrow opening made by puckering the lips
b) to make a similar sound by sending steam through a small opening
2. to make a clear, shrill cry: said of some birds and animals
3. to move, pass, go, etc. with a high, shrill sound, as the wind
4.
a) to blow a whistle
b) to have its whistle blown [the train whistled]
vt.
1. to produce (a tune, etc.) by whistling
2. to summon, signal, direct, etc. by whistling
n.
1. an instrument for making whistling sounds, as by forcing the breath or steam through a slit into a cavity or against a thin edge
2. a clear, shrill sound made by whistling or blowing a whistle
3. the act of whistling
4. a signal, summons, etc. made by whistling
5. a whistling sound, as of the wind
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blow the whistle on or blow the whistle Slang
1. to report or inform (on)
2. to cause to stop; call a halt (to)
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wet one's whistle
Slang to take a drink
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whistle for
to seek, expect, or demand but fail to get
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☆ whistle in the dark
to pretend to be confident when faced with danger or defeat
whistleable
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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