American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To sing (a note or song, for example) with trills, runs, or other melodic embellishments.
- v. To sing with trills, runs, or quavers.
- v. To be sounded in a trilling or quavering manner.
- n. The act or an instance of singing with trills, runs, or quavers.
- n. An abscessed boillike swelling on the back of cattle, deer, and certain other animals, caused by the larva of a warble fly.
- n. The warble fly, especially in its larval stage.
- n. A hard lump of tissue on a riding horse's back caused by rubbing of the saddle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sing with trills and quavering, or melodious turns, as a bird; carol or sing with sweetly trilling notes.
- To sound vibratingly, or with free, smooth, and rapid modulations of pitch; quaver.
- To yodel.
- To sing or utter with quavering trills or turns: as, to warble a song.
- To describe or celebrate in song.
- n. A strain of clear, rapidly uttered, gliding tones; a trilling, flexible melody; a carol; a song; any soft sweet flow of melodious sounds.
- In falconry, to cross the wings upon the back.
- n. A small, hard swelling on the back of a horse, produced by the galling of the saddle.
- n. A tumor on the back of cattle or doer, produced by the larva of a bot-fly or gadfly.
- n. An insect or its larva which produces warbles. Also warbeetle. Compare wabble.
- v. to modulate a tone's frequency
- v. to sing like a bird, especially with trills.
- n. a lesion under the skin of cattle, caused by the larva of a bot fly of genus Hypoderma.
- n. military In naval mine warfare, the process of varying the frequency of sound produced by a narrow band noisemaker to ensure that the frequency to which the mine will respond is covered.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small, hard tumor which is produced on the back of a horse by the heat or pressure of the saddle in traveling.
- n. A small tumor produced by the larvæ of the gadfly in the backs of horses, cattle, etc. Called also
warblet, warbeetle, warnles.
- n. (Zoöl.) See Wormil.
- v. To sing in a trilling, quavering, or vibratory manner; to modulate with turns or variations; to trill.
- v. To utter musically; to modulate; to carol.
- v. To cause to quaver or vibrate.
- v. To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously.
- v. To sing in a trilling manner, or with many turns and variations.
- v. To sing with sudden changes from chest to head tones; to yodel.
- n. A quavering modulation of the voice; a musical trill; a song.
- v. sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
- n. a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly
- v. sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
- From Middle English werble, (at least for the noun) from Frankish werbel (mole cricket), cognate to Walloon waerbea. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English werbelen, from Old North French werbler, of Germanic origin.Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Swedish varbulde. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They were jubilant that they'd caught somebody, but I couldn't tell if the warble was a victory salute or a sign of even worse things to come.”
“Perceiving that we are watching him the grosbeak ceases his ringing tones and drops into that dreamy, soft, melodious warble, which is characteristic of this songster as it is of the catbird.”
“I address my comment to you as I understand what "warble" was trying to say.”
“When he tastes the plum he utters a series of _ahs_, and produces a kind of warble by prolonging some of his notes and shortening up others.”
“It began to warble, and a regular waveform began to scroll across the screen.”
“Lights and warning sirens and warble tones and all that going off.”
“As we warble about tidings of comfort and joy, we have cause to consider if we are all doing enough to bring such lyrics to life.”
“Hearing Bobby Brady warble "The Little Drummer Boy" was almost too much -- the real icing on the cake.”
“And, could also make a warble, that was a bit more complex.”
“As Old Blue Eyes used to warble, "If you should survive to a hundred and five, look at all you'll derive out of being alive.”
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Words from the works of Peter Reading - at least one from each (except the Schwitters-esque erosions, cut-ups etc).
Words I like to use, words I like but may forget.
Words as I learn them.
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