Definitions of whispering

  1. making a low continuous indistinct sound; " like murmuring waves"; " susurrant voices"
  2. the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
  3. speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
  4. of Whisper
  5. a. & amp; n. from Whisper. v. t.
  6. a. & n. from Whisper. v. t.
  7. Speaking in a whisper; “ For talking age and whispering lovers.”- Goldsmith: making secret insinuations of evil; evil- speaking; backbiting; making a low, sibilant sound;- WHISPERING GALLERY or DOME, a gallery or dome in which the sound of words uttered in a low voice or whisper in communicated to a greater distance than under any ordinary circumstances. Thus in an elliptical chamber, if a person standing in one of the foci speak in a whisper he will be heard distinctly by a person standing in the other focus, although the same sound would not be audible at the same distance under any other circumstances or at any other place in the chamber. The reason is that the sounds produced in one of the foci of such a chamber strike upon the wall all round, and, from the nature of the ellipse, are all reflected to the other focus. This serves in some measure to explain the effects of whispering galleries and domes in general.
  8. Speaking in a low voice; telling secretly; backbiting; making the sound of a whisper. A whispering gallery or dome, one in which whispers are conveyed to a great distance.
  9. Act of speaking in a low voice; a backbiting.
  10. Speaking to in low soft tones.
  11. The act of speaking in a low and scarcely audible tone; the telling of tales to excite suspicions.

Usage examples for whispering

  1. Sam Fellows, as he was called, was whispering now- a hot, eager whisper, breathing of guilt and desperation. – Three Thousand Dollars by Anna Katharine Green
  2. And he drew her close again, whispering in her ear. – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  3. She clung to him- whispering Neither of us- can ever suffer- again- without the other- to help." – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. She used to go and see her friends after she had done whispering dreams to the King, and only got home in time to light the fire for breakfast, so she never knew how the Princess put out the lamp every night, and cried in the dark. – Oswald Bastable and Others by Edith Nesbit
  5. Do you know what they're whispering – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  6. " It is not in my power," I answered, whispering in my turn, and staring at it, in the strong temptation. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  7. Suddenly the song ceased, and for a moment there was silence save for the whispering trees and the night- bird's song. – The World For Sale, Volume 2. by Gilbert Parker
  8. I heard Osborough whispering something under his breath. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  9. She heard whispering but could not distinguish what was said. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. Cast away all false shame, I pray you; snap your fingers at the whispering around. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  11. That whispering noise that had crept across the country frightened him. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  12. Hardly had the wire ceased to grate, when a curious whispering voice, close to his ear, said " What is it?" – The Bag of Diamonds by George Manville Fenn
  13. And there was no one with whom he could be whispering – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  14. When Peter goes about whispering it's a sure sign that he's got a secret. – The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton W. Burgess
  15. Then the paroxysm of her excitement passed, and she sank back, whispering aloud in broken speech:- I mean ... – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. Even if the rector had appeared a little late there would still be whispering for new brooms are expected to sweep clean. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. Tim leaned over, hand to one side of his mouth, speaking in low voice, yet not whispering And remember what I said about that matter, John. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  18. Captain Bannister and Mr. Cheape were whispering eagerly together. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  19. We were merry with Corrichatachin, on Dr Johnson's whispering with his wife. – The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  20. I heard the spirits whispering in the corridor. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens