Definitions of whistle

  1. To utter a kind of shrill musical sound by, or as by, pressing the breath through a small orifice formed by contracting the lips; to make such a sound by a small wind instrument; to sound shrill or like a pipe.
  2. To sound as a whistle; call or guide by a whistle.
  3. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
  4. To utter by whistling; as, to whistle a tune; to call or signal by whistling.
  5. To form or utter by whistling: to call by a whistle.
  6. To utter by whistling; call by whistling.
  7. 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.
  8. To make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone.
  9. To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. The mouth and throat; - so called as being the organs of whistling.
  13. To make a shrill sound by forcing the breath through the teeth or puckered lips; to utter or make a shrill sound by forcing air or steam through an opening; to go or pass with a sharp, shrill sound.
  14. To make a shrill sound by forcing the breath through the lips contracted: to make a like sound with an instrument: to sound shrill.
  15. To make a shrill piping sound through the lips, or with an instrument; to sound shrilly.
  16. make whistling sounds; " He lay there, snoring and whistling"
  17. utter or express by whistling; " She whistled a melody"
  18. give a signal by whistling; " She whistled for her maid"
  19. move with, or as with, a whistling sound; " The bullets whistled past him"
  20. move, send, or bring as if by whistling; " Her optimism whistled away these worries"
  21. To form, utter or modulate by whistling; to call by a whistle.
  22. To utter musical sounds and perform musical compositions in the manner of a wind instrument by expelling or drawing in the breath through an orifice formed by contracting the lips; to utter musical sounds with a small wind instrument; to sound shrill; to call by a whistle.
  23. an inexpensive fipple flute
  24. acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound
  25. the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
  26. The shrill noise made by forcing the breath through the puckered lips; the sound of stream or air forced through an opening; as, a factory whistle; any like sound; an instrument for producing such a sound.
  27. Whistler.
  28. The sound made in whistling: a small wind instrument.
  29. A whistling sound; small shrill pipe.
  30. The sound of air, steam, etc., forced through a narrow aperture or against a thin edge; also, an instrument for producing such a sound.
  31. A small wind instrument; the sound made by it; a sharp sound made by pressing the breath through a small orifice of the lips; any sharp or shrill sound; a small pipe used by a boatswain to summon the sailors to their duty; the boatswain's call; the shrill sound of winds passing among trees or through crevices, & c., a call, such as sportsmen use to their dogs. To pay for one's whistle, to pay dear for one's pleasure.
  32. The sound made by one who whistles; a small wind instrument; the sound made by it; a call, such as sportsmen use to their dogs; the shrill sound produced by the wind among trees, & c.
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