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whistle

whis·tle

whistle

 
 
pronunciation:
wI sl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
phrases:
whistle in the dark, wet one's whistle
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: whistled, whistles, whistling
definition 1: to make shrill high sounds by forcing air through a constricted opening such as pursed lips or a device.
The child learned to whistle yesterday.
definition 2: to make similar sounds by forcing steam through a narrow opening.
The tea kettle whistles within five minutes.
definition 3: to make a similar sound by rapid movement through the air, as wind or a flying object.
The baseball whistled past the outfielder.
definition 4: to emit a similar sound, as do certain birds.
definition 5: to signal or issue a command by such a sound or sounds.
She whistled for the dog.
phrase: whistle in the dark
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to produce or utter by whistling.
She whistled my favorite song.
definition 2: to signal, direct, or command by, or as though by, whistling.
The umpire whistled the start of the third quarter.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shrill, high sound produced by the forcible expulsion of air through a narrow opening, such as pursed lips or a steam vent.
similar words:
alarm
definition 2: a small instrument or pipe through which air or steam is blown to produce such a sound.
similar words:
alarm
definition 3: the act or sound of whistling.
The boy called the dog with a whistle.The whistle of the tea kettle sent her running to the stove.
phrase: wet one's whistle
derivation: whistleable (adj.)
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