whistling


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whistle \Whis"tle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whistled; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Whistling.] [AS. hwistlian; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan.
   hvisle, Icel. hv[imac]sla to whisper, and E. whisper.
   [root]43. See Whisper.]
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   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.
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            The weary plowman leaves the task of day,
            And, trudging homeward, whistles on the way. --Gay.
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   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.
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   3. To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill
      sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.
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            The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar.
                                                  --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whistling \Whis"tling\,
   a. & n. from Whistle, v.
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   Whistling buoy. (Naut.) See under Buoy.

   Whistling coot (Zool.), the American black scoter.

   Whistling Dick. (Zool.)
   (a) An Australian shrike thrush (Colluricincla Selbii).
   (b) The song thrush. [Prov. Eng.]

   Whistling duck. (Zool.)
   (a) The golden-eye.
   (b) A tree duck.

   Whistling eagle (Zool.), a small Australian eagle
      (Haliastur sphenurus); -- called also whistling hawk,
      and little swamp eagle.

   Whistling plover. (Zool.)
   (a) The golden plover.
   (b) The black-bellied, or gray, plover.

   Whistling snipe (Zool.), the American woodcock.

   Whistling swan. (Zool.)
   (a) The European whooper swan; -- called also wild swan,
       and elk.
   (b) An American swan (Olor columbianus). See under Swan.
       

   Whistling teal (Zool.), a tree duck, as {Dendrocygna
      awsuree} of India.

   Whistling thrush. (Zool.)
   (a) Any one of several species of singing birds of the genus
       Myiophonus, native of Asia, Australia, and the East
       Indies. They are generally black, glossed with blue, and
       have a patch of bright blue on each shoulder. Their note
       is a loud and clear whistle.
   (b) The song thrush. [Prov. Eng.]
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