from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Whispered talk or conversation; a whisper, or whispers collectively.
  • noun Talebearing, hint, or insinuation.
  • Like a whisper; low and non-vocal.
  • Emitting, making, or characterized by a low sound resembling a whisper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from whisper. v. t.
  • one of such a form that sounds produced in certain parts of it are concentrated by reflection from the walls to another part, so that whispers or feeble sounds are audible at a much greater distance than under ordinary circumstances. The dome of the U. S. capitol building is one example.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of whisper.
  • adjective that whispers
  • adjective associated with whispers
  • noun Something that is whispered; gossip; a rumor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective making a low continuous indistinct sound
  • noun a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
  • noun speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords


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  • To produce whisper speech, the vocal folds are brought close to each other, and the arytenoids move away from each other. In this way, air can pass through the whisper triangle, which is the open space in between the arytenoids.

    October 14, 2009