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[编辑] GRE 红宝书

  • n. 口哨, 口哨声; v. 吹口哨
  • [英] n. 口哨, 口哨声; v. 吹口哨 ( make a whistle)
  • [类] judge : gavel / referee : whistle ( 法官用小木槌判决 / 裁判用口哨判决)

[编辑] Webster Collegiate

I. noun

  • Usage: often attributive
  • Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwistle; akin to Old Norse hvīsla to whisper
  • Date: before 12th century
  • 1.
    • a. a small wind instrument in which sound is produced by the forcible passage of breath through a slit in a short tube <a police whistle>
    • b. a device through which air or steam is forced into a cavity or against a thin edge to produce a loud sound <a factory whistle>
  • 2.
    • a. a shrill clear sound produced by forcing breath out or air in through the puckered lips
    • b. the sound produced by a whistle
    • c. a signal given by or as if by whistling
  • 3. a sound that resembles a whistle; especially a shrill clear note of or as if of a bird

II. verb (whistled; whistling)

  • Date: before 12th century
  • intransitive verb
    • 1.
      • a. to utter a shrill clear sound by blowing or drawing air through the puckered lips
      • b. to utter a shrill note or call resembling a whistle
      • c. to make a shrill clear sound especially by rapid movement <the wind whistled>
      • d. to blow or sound a whistle
    • 2.
      • a. to give a signal or issue an order or summons by or as if by whistling
      • b. to make a demand without result <he did a sloppy job, so he can whistle for his money>
  • transitive verb
    • 1.
      • a. to send, bring, signal, or call by or as if by whistling
      • b. to charge (as a basketball or hockey player) with an infraction
    • 2. to produce, utter, or express by whistling <whistle a tune>
  • ? whistleable adjective

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