Whistle

Definition of Whistle

Whis´tle
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Whistled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Whistling .]
1.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.
The weary plowman leaves the task of day,
And, trudging homeward, whistles on the way.
- Gay.
2.To make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone.
3.To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.
The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar.
- Pope.
v. t.1.To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
2.To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he had whistled him up.
- Addison.
To whistle off
a - To dismiss by a whistle; - a term in hawking.
b - Hence, in general, to turn loose; to abandon; to dismiss.
- Burton.
I 'ld whistle her off, and let her down the wind
To prey at fortune.
- Shak.
n.1.
1.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.
Might we but hear
The folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes, . . .
Or whistle from the lodge.
- Milton.
The countryman could not forbear smiling, . . . and by that means lost his whistle.
- Spectator.
They fear his whistle, and forsake the seas.
- Dryden.
2.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.
3.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).
The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew.
- Pope.
4.The mouth and throat; - so called as being the organs of whistling.
So was her jolly whistle well ywet.
- Chaucer.
Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles.
- Walton.
Whistle duck
(Zool.) the American golden-eye.

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