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wI sl
parts of speech:
verb, noun
wet one's whistle
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part of speech: verb
inflections: whistles, whistling, whistled
definition 1: to make shrill high sounds by forcing air through a small opening in the lips or a device.
The child learned to whistle yesterday.
definition 2: to make such sounds by forcing steam through a narrow opening.
The tea kettle whistles within five minutes of being heated.
definition 3: to make such a sound by fast movement through the air.
The baseball whistled past my head.
definition 4: to signal or give a command by such a sound or sounds.
She whistled for the dog.
definition 5: to produce by whistling.
She whistled my favorite song.
definition 6: to signal, direct, or command by, or as though by, whistling.
The umpire whistled the start of the third quarter.
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shrill, high sound produced when air is forced through a narrow opening, such as the lips or a steam vent.
He called the dog with a whistle.I heard the whistle of the train.
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definition 2: a small instrument or pipe through which air or steam is blown to produce such a sound.
The referee used a whistle to stop the game.
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definition 3: the act or sound of whistling.
The boy called the dog with a whistle.The whistle of the tea kettle sent her running to the stove.
phrase: wet one's whistle
derivation: whistleable (adj.)
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