from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s.
- n. An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound.
- intransitive v. To make a hiss: The audience booed and hissed. The teakettle hissed on the stove.
- transitive v. To utter with a hiss:
- transitive v. To express (a negative view or reaction) by uttering a hiss: The audience hissed its displeasure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A high-pitched sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
- n. An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.
- v. To make a hissing sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.
- n. Any sound resembling that above described.
- n. The noise made by a serpent.
- n. The note of a goose when irritated.
- n. The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
- intransitive v. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
- intransitive v. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound.
- transitive v. To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
- transitive v. To utter with a hissing sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make or emit a sound like a prolonged enunciation of s, as a serpent or a goose; utter or send forth a long-drawn sibilation; hence, to emit any similar sound, as water thrown on hot metal, or as steam rushing through a small orifice; specifically (of persons), to express disapprobation or contempt by uttering such a sound.
- To whizz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.
- To condemn or express disapproval of by hissing.
- n. A continued sound like that of s; a prolonged sibilation produced by the organs of utterance, or any similar sound: as, a serpent's hiss. It is a common expression of disapprobation or contempt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move with a whooshing sound
- n. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
- n. a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
- v. express or utter with a hiss
- v. show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
- v. make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
Unfortunately the tablet recorded a hiss from the mixer.
At that time the British Constable was responsible for law and order in hiss village.
Preston hit another hidden button and two large speakers lowered from the ceiling above the monitors; both hissed, but not from any electronic malfunction in their circuitry: The hiss was the sound of silence.
To hear the noise of serpent's hiss, that is thy harmony.
In spite of my pretension of being the least susceptible regarding an author's vanity of all the writers in Paris, it is perfectly impossible to be indifferent to such a thing -- a hiss is a hiss.
They recorded directly to a stereo tape, so it wasn't like it was recorded to multi-tracks and then mixed onto another tape with a lot of hiss, which is why it was so clear.
Raparivelo recalled the hiss of bullets and the smell of gunfire as he crawled to safety uninjured.
It could be a hypocoristic or baby-talk form of hysterical, or it might be from the imitative word hiss; or perhaps it is a variant of another dialect term, jesse, meaning a ` severe scolding, 'which is probably from a Biblical allusion.
There are the odd hiccups, where characters "hiss" their dialogue, and other such tags, when a simple "said" would be better used.
To retain the artistic purity, they rid the recordings of any unintentional mechanical noise, such as hiss, clicks, sibilance.
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