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hissing


  3  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]: 
 
  Hissing  \Hiss"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  emitting  a  hiss  or  hisses. 
 
  2.  The  occasion  of  contempt;  the  object  of  scorn  and 
  derision.  [Archaic] 
 
  I  will  make  this  city  desolate,  and  a  hissing. 
  --Jer.  xix.  8. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hissing 
  adj  :  like  a  sustained  `s';  "`hissing'  is  the  sound  a  snake  makes" 
  n  :  a  fricative  sound  uttered  as  an  expression  of  dislike  or 
  contempt;  "the  performers  could  not  be  heard  over  the 
  hissing  of  the  audience"  [syn:  {hiss}] 




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