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howling


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Howl  \Howl\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Howled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Howling}.]  [OE.  houlen,  hulen;  akin  to  D.  huilen,  MHG. 
  hiulen,  hiuweln  OHG.  hiuwil[=o]n  to  exult,  h?wo  owl,  Dan. 
  hyle  to  howl.] 
  1.  To  utter  a  loud,  protraced,  mournful  sound  or  cry,  as  dogs 
  and  wolves  often  do 
 
  And  dogs  in  corners  set  them  down  to  howl. 
  --Drayton. 
 
  Methought  a  legion  of  foul  fiends  Environ'd  me 
  about  and  howled  in  my  ears.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  utter  a  sound  expressive  of  distress;  to  cry  aloud  and 
  mournfully;  to  lament;  to  wail. 
 
  Howl  ye  for  the  day  of  the  Lord  is  at  hand.  --Is. 
  xiii.  6. 
 
  3.  To  make  a  noise  resembling  the  cry  of  a  wild  beast. 
 
  Wild  howled  the  wind.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  {Howling  monkey}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Howler},  2. 
 
  {Howling  wilderness},  a  wild,  desolate  place  inhabited  only 
  by  wild  beasts.  --Deut.  xxxii  10. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  howling 
  adj  1:  noisy  with  or  as  if  with  loud  cries  and  shouts;  "a  crying 
  mass  of  rioters";  "a  howling  wind";  "shouting  fans"; 
  "the  yelling  fiend"  [syn:  {crying},  {yelling},  {shouting}] 
  2:  extraordinarily  good;  used  especially  as  intensifiers;  "a 
  fantastic  trip  to  the  Orient";  "the  film  was  fantastic!"; 
  "a  howling  success";  "a  marvelous  collection  of  rare 
  books";  "had  a  rattling  conversation  about  politics";  "a 
  tremendous  achievement"  [syn:  {fantastic},  {howling(a)},  {marvelous}, 
  {rattling(a)},  {terrific},  {tremendous},  {wonderful},  {wondrous}] 
  n  :  a  long  loud  emotional  utterance;  "he  gave  a  howl  of  pain"; 
  "howls  of  laughter";  "their  howling  had  no  effect"  [syn: 
  {howl},  {ululation}] 




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