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Verb: whistle  wi-sul
  1. Produce a shrill, high-pitched sound by forcing air through the mouth
    "I whistle when I'm happy"
  2. Make whistling sounds
    "He lay there, snoring and whistling"
  3. Move with, or as with, a whistling sound
    "The bullets whistled past him"
  4. Utter or express by whistling
    "She whistled a melody"
  5. Move, send, or bring as if by whistling
    "Her optimism whistled away these worries"
  6. Make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound
    "the kettle was whistling";
    - sing
  7. Give a signal by whistling
    "She whistled for her maid"
Noun: whistle  wi-sul
  1. The sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
    - whistling
  2. The act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle
    "the whistle signalled the end of the game";
    - whistling
  3. A small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it
  4. Acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound
  5. An inexpensive fipple flute
    - pennywhistle, tin whistle

Derived forms: whistles, whistled, whistling

Type of: acoustic device, breath, communicate, displace, fipple flute, fipple pipe, go, intercommunicate, locomote, move, recorder, sign, signal, signaling [N. Amer], signaling device, signalise [Brit], signalize, signalling [Brit, Cdn], sound, travel, vertical flute, wind, wind instrument

Encyclopedia: Whistle