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"

Wiktionary

  1. whistlenoun

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

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

  2. whistlenoun

    An act of whistling.

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

  3. whistlenoun

    A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

  4. whistlenoun

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

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

  5. whistlenoun

    A suit (from whistle and flute).

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

  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.

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

  7. whistleverb

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

    A bullet whistled past.

    Etymology: whistlen; hwistlan.

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

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

  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

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

  3. Whistleverb

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

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

  4. Whistleverb

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

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

  5. Whistleverb

    to send, signal, or call by a whistle

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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)

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

  9. Whistleverb

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

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

Freebase

  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.]

CrunchBase

  1. Whistle

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whistle

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

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Numerology

  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. H. E. Luccock:

    No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

  2. John Thavis:

    Vigano presented himself as a whistle blower, but he also had a persecution complex. He saw conspiracy theories all around him.

  3. Michael Bierut:

    I think more than anything else, Hillary Clinton had come up with a reductive message that The People could interpret as The People own personal dog whistle if The People wanted, about what kind of America The People wanted restored and what was insufficient about the current America that needed to be undone.

  4. Anthony Wells:

    There's a chance that there are people who are almost subconsciously put off (voting for Khan) by the dog-whistle racism ... people who wouldn't like to say 'I'm not going to vote for Sadiq Khan', but will have a wobble at the ballot box.

  5. Ted Hampton:

    There is a very high probability of protracted litigation, it's a bit like a race or some kind of competition - people are waiting to jump in when the whistle blows.

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