What does whistle mean?

Definitions for whistle
ˈʰwɪs əl, ˈwɪs-whis·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whistle, whistlingnoun

    the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

  2. whistle, whistlingnoun

    the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle

    "the whistle signalled the end of the game"

  3. whistlenoun

    a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it

  4. whistlenoun

    acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound

  5. pennywhistle, tin whistle, whistleverb

    an inexpensive fipple flute

  6. whistleverb

    make whistling sounds

    "He lay there, snoring and whistling"

  7. whistleverb

    move with, or as with, a whistling sound

    "The bullets whistled past him"

  8. whistleverb

    utter or express by whistling

    "She whistled a melody"

  9. whistleverb

    move, send, or bring as if by whistling

    "Her optimism whistled away these worries"

  10. whistle, singverb

    make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound

    "the kettle was singing"; "the bullet sang past his ear"

  11. whistleverb

    give a signal by whistling

    "She whistled for her maid"


  1. whistlenoun

    A device designed to be placed in the mouth in order to make a whistling sound.

  2. whistlenoun

    An act of whistling.

  3. whistlenoun

    A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.

  4. whistlenoun

    Any high-pitched sound similar to the sound made by whistling.

  5. whistlenoun

    A suit (from whistle and flute).

  6. whistleverb

    To make a shrill, high-pitched sound by forcing air through the mouth. To produce a whistling sound, restrictions to the flow of air are created using the teeth, tongue and lips.

  7. whistleverb

    To move in such a way as to create a whistling sound.

    A bullet whistled past.

  8. Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.


  1. Whistle

    A whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ. Whistles have been since early humans first carved out a gourd or branch and found they could make sound with it. In prehistoric Egypt, small shells were used as whistles. Many present day wind instruments are inheritors of these early whistles. With the rise of more mechanical power, other forms of whistles have been developed. One characteristic of a whistle is that it creates a pure, or nearly pure, tone. The conversion of flow energy to sound comes from an interaction between a solid material and a fluid stream. The forces in some whistles are sufficient to set the solid material in motion. Classic examples are Aeolian tones that result in galloping power lines, or the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (the so-called "Galloping Gertie" of popular media). Other examples are circular disks set into vibration.Depending on the geometry, there are two basic types of whistles: those that generate sound through oscillations of fluid mass flow, and those that generate sound through oscillations of the force applied to the surrounding medium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whistleverb

    to make a kind of musical sound, or series of sounds, by forcing the breath through a small orifice formed by contracting the lips; also, to emit a similar sound, or series of notes, from the mouth or beak, as birds

  2. Whistleverb

    to make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone

  3. Whistleverb

    to sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air

  4. Whistleverb

    to form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air

  5. Whistleverb

    to send, signal, or call by a whistle

  6. Whistleverb

    a sharp, shrill, more or less musical sound, made by forcing the breath through a small orifice of the lips, or through or instrument which gives a similar sound; the sound used by a sportsman in calling his dogs; the shrill note of a bird; as, the sharp whistle of a boy, or of a boatswain's pipe; the blackbird's mellow whistle

  7. Whistleverb

    the shrill sound made by wind passing among trees or through crevices, or that made by bullet, or the like, passing rapidly through the air; the shrill noise (much used as a signal, etc.) made by steam or gas escaping through a small orifice, or impinging against the edge of a metallic bell or cup

  8. Whistleverb

    an instrument in which gas or steam forced into a cavity, or against a thin edge, produces a sound more or less like that made by one who whistles through the compressed lips; as, a child's whistle; a boatswain's whistle; a steam whistle (see Steam whistle, under Steam)

  9. Whistleverb

    the mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of whistling

  10. Etymology: [AS. hwistlian; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan. hvisle, Icel. hvsla to whisper, and E. whisper. 43. See Whisper.]


  1. whistle

    A whistle is a simple aerophone, an instrument which produces sound from a stream of forced air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whistle

    hwis′l, v.i. to make a shrill sound by forcing the breath through the lips contracted: to make a like sound with an instrument: to sound shrill: to inform by whistling, to become informer.—v.t. to form or utter by whistling: to call by a whistle.—n. the sound made in whistling: a small wind instrument: an instrument sounded by escaping steam, used for signalling on railway-engines, steamships, &c.—adj. Whis′tle-drunk (obs.), too drunk to whistle.—ns. Whis′tle-fish, a rockling; Whis′tler, one who, or that which, whistles: a kind of marmot: a broken-winded horse; Whis′tling.—adv. Whis′tlingly.—n. Whis′tling-shop (slang), a shebeen, the keeper being called a whistler.—Whistle down the wind, to talk to no purpose; Whistle for, to summon by whistling; Whistle for a wind, a superstitious practice of old sailors during a calm; Whistle off, to send off by a whistle: (Shak.) turn loose.—Go whistle (Shak.), to go to the deuce; Pay for one's whistle, to pay highly for one's caprice; Pigs and whistles, an exclamation equivalent to 'The deuce!' or the like—also in phrase, 'To make pigs and whistles of anything'=to make a sad mess of it; Wet one's whistle (coll.), to take a drink of liquor; Worth the whistle, worth the trouble of calling for. [A.S. hwistlian; Sw. hvissla; cf. Whisper.]


  1. Whistle

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whistle

    From the Ang.-Sax. wistl. (See CALL.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of whistle in a Sentence

  1. Mike Minnis:

    There isn't necessarily any 'magic' food that we recommend the players to eat leading up to the Super Bowl. The most important thing is consistency and trying to stay on the same eating schedule that they are used to, especially the week leading up to the game, by the time of the Super Bowl, the players have been practicing and playing for 20-plus weeks and recovery leading up to the game is crucial. We also want to make sure the athletes are maintaining their weight and fueling appropriately during the week leading up to the game so that they have a full tank when the whistle blows.

  2. Monique Lamoureux-Morando:

    It was offside, and she hit her right after the whistle or during the whistle, depending on who you talk to, i was on the ice and mayhem ensued.

  3. Josh Heupel:

    They said the forward progress had been stopped. Sounded like the whistle blew after he extended the football.

  4. Alanna Kennedy:

    I'm not surprised, the refereeing has been questionable the whole tournament, in terms of the rules and decisions there needs to be more clarity for everyone, it's the way it goes, you have to play to the whistle. But we definitely need more clarity about certain things.

  5. Charlotte Story:

    I couldn't tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue.

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. disguise
    • B. value
    • C. relocation
    • D. perusal

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