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Definition 1: an inexpensive fipple flute - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for whistle in the sense of this definition

(whistle is a kind of ...) a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece

Definition 2: acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound - [noun denoting artifact]

(whistle is a kind of ...) a device for amplifying or transmitting sound

(whistle is a kind of ...) a device used to send signals

(... is a kind of whistle ) a whistle on a boat that is sounded as a warning

(... is a kind of whistle ) a whistle at a factory that is sounded to announce times for starting or stopping work

(... is a kind of whistle ) a whistle in which the sound is produced by steam; usually attached to a steam boiler

Definition 3: a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it - [noun denoting artifact]

(whistle is a kind of ...) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by bellows or the human breath

Definition 4: the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the whistle signalled the end of the game

Synonyms for whistle in the sense of this definition

(whistle is a kind of ...) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

Definition 5: the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for whistle in the sense of this definition

(whistle is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

Definition 6: utter or express by whistling - [verb of communication]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She whistled a melody

(whistle is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

Definition 7: make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound - [verb of communication]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the kettle was singing
  • the bullet sang past his ear

Synonyms for whistle in the sense of this definition

(whistle is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

Definition 8: give a signal by whistling - [verb of communication]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She whistled for her maid

(whistle is a kind of ...) communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

"He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture" "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"

Definition 9: move with, or as with, a whistling sound - [verb of motion]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bullets whistled past him

(whistle is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 10: move, send, or bring as if by whistling - [verb of motion]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her optimism whistled away these worries

(whistle is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Definition 11: make whistling sounds - [verb of perception]

Samples where whistle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He lay there, snoring and whistling

(whistle is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

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