from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that whistles.
  • noun A marmot (Marmota caligata) of the mountains of northwest North America, having a grayish coat and a shrill, whistling cry.
  • noun Any of various birds that produce a whistling sound.
  • noun A horse having a respiratory disease characterized by wheezing.
  • noun Physics A very-low-frequency electromagnetic wave of 1 to 30 kilohertz produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning and having a characteristically decreasing frequency responsible for a whistling sound in detection equipment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name used in England for a gadoid fish, Motella tricirrhita.
  • noun One who or that which whistles.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun The hoary marmot, Arctomys pruinosus, a large marmot found in northerly and western mountainous parts of North America, related to the wood-chuck: a translation of the Canadian French name siffleur.
  • noun The whistlewing.
  • noun The widgeon, Mareca penelope (see whew-duck).
  • noun The ring-ouzel, Merula torquata. See cut under ouzel, 2.
  • noun The green plover or lapwing; the pewit.
  • noun A broken-winded horse; a roarer.
  • noun A piper; one who plays on the pipes.
  • noun The keeper of a shebeen, or unlicensed spirit-shop.

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

  • noun One who, or that which, whistles, or produces or a whistling sound.
  • noun Prov. Eng., Prov. Eng. The ring ousel.
  • noun Prov. Eng. The widgeon.
  • noun The golden-eye.
  • noun The golden plover and the gray plover.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The hoary, or northern, marmot (Arctomys pruinosus).
  • noun (Zoöl.) The whistlefish.

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

  • noun Someone or something that whistles.
  • noun A bird that whistles (applied regionally to various specific species).
  • noun A whistling marmot.
  • noun A goldeneye.
  • noun physics An audio-frequency electromagnetic wave produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning.

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

  • noun someone who makes a loud high sound
  • noun large North American mountain marmot
  • noun large-headed swift-flying diving duck of Arctic regions
  • noun United States painter (1834-1903)
  • noun Australian and southeastern Asian birds with a melodious whistling call


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  • "Physics An electromagnetic wave of audio frequency produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning, having a characteristically decreasing frequency responsible for a whistling sound of descending pitch in detection equipment." --AHD

    March 22, 2012