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Definition of Whistle

Whistle

  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.
  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.
  4. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
  5. To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. The mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of whistling.

Whistle Quotations

For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.
Emmitt Smith

The working men, I'll go by and they'll whistle. At first they whistle because they think, 'Oh, it's a girl. She's got blond hair and she's not out of shape,' and then they say, 'Gosh, it's Marilyn Monroe!'
Marilyn Monroe

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
Mitch Hedberg

I can whistle with my fingers, especially if I have a whistle.
Mitch Hedberg

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.
Merle Haggard
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Whistle Translations

whistle in Dutch is fluiten, gieren
whistle in French is sifflons, siffler, sifflez, sifflet, sifflement
whistle in German is Pfiff, pfeifen, pfeifen, Pfeife
whistle in Italian is fischio, fischietto, zufolare
whistle in Portuguese is assobie, assobiar
whistle in Spanish is silbar, silbato
whistle in Swedish is vina, vissling, vissla