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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Whistle \Whis"tle\, n. [AS. hwistle a pipe, flute, whistle. See
Whistle, v. i.]
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.
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
So was her jolly whistle well ywet. --Chaucer.
Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles.
Whistle duck (Zool.), the American golden-eye.
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