American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by the sound of howling: a howling wind.
- adj. Desolate; dreary: a howling wilderness.
- adj. Slang Very great; tremendous: a howling success.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Filled with howling beasts or dismal sounds.
- Very “loud”; intense: as, a howling swell.
- n. a long loud emotional utterance
- adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
“_howling_ dervishes; all our religion consisted in howling like jackals or hyenas, with all our might, until we fell down in real or pretended convulsions.”
“But, he says, there's no better way to forget about work than to enter a capoeira circle, known as a roda, which he describes as a "howling vortex of energy.”
“So whether you read from left to right (sent howling from the garden where the stories all begin) or simply wander as gaps in the crowd permit, the pillars of the chapel will have told you how to navigate. on one side the pair of them driven like cattle, her face with its sockets of grief. and on the other side the premise still unspoilt. or is it promise?”
“There will be a lot of howling from the ‘Baggers’ and Repugs tonight!”
“By this time, the wind was really howling from the northwest and snowing so hard I could not even see the horses.”
“They saw those angels chargrilling their friends, families and regular customers and felt a powerful urge to throw themselves at the angels in howling rage, for the sake of pride and honour, for the love of all that they held dear.”
“Really did not think to much about it until I stop my truck to bait the bait pile when I heard howling from the direction it ran to.”
“It became the headline on many of the stories that announced her death on Tuesday, and on Wednesday inspired a question to Cameron in the Commons, which he had to answer to the sound of ghostly howling from the opposition benches.”
“Today things started out with Ramekin howling over some perceived slight just moments after he got up.”
“His poems prompted the conversations that we did not have — conversations about art, about what a poetic line should do, about why the image of a boy sprinting through trees and howling is a moment of sublime revelation.”
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