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Definitions for whispering
ˈʰwɪs pər ɪŋ, ˈwɪs-whis·per·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rustle, rustling, whisper, whisperingnoun

    a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind

  2. whisper, whispering, susurration, voicelessnessadjective

    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords

  3. murmuring, susurrant, whisperingadjective

    making a low continuous indistinct sound

    "like murmuring waves"; "susurrant voices"

Wiktionary

  1. whisperingnoun

    Something that is whispered; gossip; a rumor.

  2. whisperingadjective

    that whispers

  3. whisperingadjective

    associated with whispers

Wikipedia

  1. Whispering

    Whispering is an unvoiced mode of phonation in which the vocal cords are abducted so that they do not vibrate; air passes between the arytenoid cartilages to create audible turbulence during speech. Supralaryngeal articulation remains the same as in normal speech. In normal speech, the vocal cords alternate between states of voice and voicelessness. In whispering, only the voicing segments change, so that the vocal cords alternate between whisper and voicelessness (though the acoustic difference between the two states is minimal). Because of this, implementing speech recognition for whispered speech is more difficult, as the characteristic spectral range needed to detect syllables and words is not given through the total absence of tone. More advanced techniques such as neural networks may be used, however, as is done by Amazon Alexa.There is no symbol in the IPA for whispered phonation, since it is not used phonemically in any language. However, a sub-dot under phonemically voiced segments is sometimes seen in the literature, as [ʃʊ̣ḍ] for whispered should.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whispering

    of Whisper

  2. Whispering

    a. & n. from Whisper. v. t

Freebase

  1. Whispering

    Whispering is an unvoiced mode of phonation in which the vocal cords do not vibrate normally but are instead adducted sufficiently to create audible turbulence as the speaker exhales during speech. This is a somewhat greater adduction than that found in breathy voice. Articulation remains the same as in normal speech. In normal speech, the vocal cords alternate between states of voice and voicelessness. In whispering, only the voicing changes, so that the vocal cords alternate between whisper and voicelessness. Because of this circumstance, there is currently no known possibility to use voice recognition successfully on a whispering person, as the characteristic spectral range needed to detect syllables and words, is not given though the total absence of tone. There also is no symbol in the IPA for whispered phonation, since it is not used phonemically in any language. However, a sub-dot under phonemically voiced segments is sometimes seen in the literature, as for whispered should.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whispering in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whispering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of whispering in a Sentence

  1. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    I stood on the stage and watched Marco … rather indignantly, look at Governor Bush and say, ‘someone told you that because we're running for the same office, that criticizing me will get you to that office,’ it appears that the same someone has been whispering in old Marco's ear too.

  3. Chris Murphy:

    This revolving door of American leadership is devastating to our nation's security as our allies now turn to more stable nations -- like China and Russia -- as our foreign policy infrastructure falls apart, john Bolton was the wrong choice and the silver lining to this instability is that there will be fewer people whispering war chants in the president's ear. But no one of any quality is going to take a job in the nation's national security cabinet so long as everyone's head is permanently hovering slightly above the chopping block.

  4. Conor McGregor:

    I was whispering in his ear, and I was speaking on that, and I said what I said, i meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I did n’t mean no disrespect.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    This is a beautiful morning. The sun is rising with a smiling face. Everything around me is alive and smiling. Everything is whispering in my ear to enjoy every moment and enjoy the morning. My heart is dancing with you, with morning light.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. opaque
    • B. abrupt
    • C. busy
    • D. blistering

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