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
Might we but hearMilton.
The folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes, . . .
Or whistle from the lodge.
The countryman could not forbear smiling, . . . and by that means lost his whistle.Spectator.
They fear his whistle, and forsake the seas.Dryden.
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
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 whistling.
So was her jolly whistle well ywet.Chaucer.
Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles.Walton.
(Zol.), the American golden-eye.
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