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hiss


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hiss  \Hiss\  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hissed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Hissing}.]  [AS.  hysian;  prob.  of  imitative  origin?;  cf  LG 
  hissen,  OD  hisschen.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  The  merchants  among  the  people  shall  hiss  at  thee. 
  --Ezek.  xxvii. 
  36. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  similar  noise  by  any  means  to  pass  with  a 
  sibilant  sound;  as  the  arrow  hissed  as  it  flew. 
 
  Shod  with  steel,  We  hissed  along  the  polished  ice. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hiss  \Hiss\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  condemn  or  express  contempt  for  by  hissing. 
 
  If  the  tag-rag  people  did  not  clap  him  and  hiss  him 
  according  as  he  pleased  and  displeased  them  --Shak. 
 
  Malcolm.  What  is  the  newest  grief?  Ros.  That  of  an 
  hour's  age  doth  hiss  the  speaker.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  utter  with  a  hissing  sound. 
 
  The  long-necked  geese  of  the  world  that  are  ever 
  hissing  dispraise.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hiss  \Hiss\,  n. 
  1.  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. 
 
  ``Hiss''  implies  audible  friction  of  breath 
  consonants.  --H.  Sweet. 
 
  A  dismal,  universal  hiss,  the  sound  Of  public  scorn. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Any  sound  resembling  that  above  described;  as: 
  a  The  noise  made  by  a  serpent. 
 
  But  hiss  for  hiss  returned  with  forked  tongue. 
  --Milton. 
  b  The  note  of  a  goose  when  irritated. 
  c  The  noise  made  by  steam  escaping  through  a  narrow 
  orifice,  or  by  water  falling  on  a  hot  stove. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hiss 
  n  1:  a  fricative  sound  uttered  as  an  expression  of  dislike  or 
  contempt;  "the  performers  could  not  be  heard  over  the 
  hissing  of  the  audience"  [syn:  {hissing}] 
  2:  a  cry  or  noise  made  to  express  displeasure  or  contempt  [syn: 
  {boo},  {hoot},  {Bronx  cheer},  {raspberry},  {razzing},  {snort}, 
  {bird}] 
  v  1:  make  a  sharp  hissing  sound,  as  if  to  show  disapproval  [syn: 
  {siss},  {sizz},  {sibilate}] 
  2:  move  with  a  whooshing  sound  [syn:  {whoosh}] 
  3:  express  or  utter  with  a  hiss  [syn:  {sizz},  {siss},  {sibilate}] 
  4:  show  displeasure,  as  after  a  performance  or  speech  [syn:  {boo}] 
  [ant:  {applaud}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hiss 
  to  express  contempt  (Job  27:23).  The  destruction  of  the  temple 
  is  thus  spoken  of  (1  Kings  9:8).  Zechariah  (10:8)  speaks  of  the 
  Lord  gathering  the  house  of  Judah  as  it  were  with  a  hiss:  "I 
  will  hiss  for  them."  This  expression  may  be  "derived  from  the 
  noise  made  to  attract  bees  in  hiving,  or  from  the  sound 
  naturally  made  to  attract  a  person's  attention." 
 




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