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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Whisper  \Whis"per\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Whispered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Whispering}.]  [AS.  hwisprian  akin  to  G.  wispern, 
  wispeln,  OHG.  hwispal?n,  Icel.  hv[=i]skra,  Sw  hviska  Dan. 
  hviske  of  imitative  origin.  Cf  {Whistle}.] 
  1.  To  speak  softly,  or  under  the  breath,  so  as  to  be  heard 
  only  by  one  near  at  hand;  to  utter  words  without  sonant 
  breath;  to  talk  without  that  vibration  in  the  larynx  which 
  gives  sonorous,  or  vocal,  sound.  See  {Whisper},  n. 
  2.  To  make  a  low  sibilant  sound  or  noise. 
  The  hollow,  whispering  breeze.  --Thomson. 
  3.  To  speak  with  suspicion,  or  timorous  caution;  to  converse 
  in  whispers,  as  in  secret  plotting. 
  All  that  hate  me  whisper  together  against  me  --Ps. 
  xli.  7. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Whispering  \Whis"per*ing\, 
  a.  &  n.  from  {Whisper}.  v.  t. 
  {Whispering  gallery},  or  {Whispering  dome},  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  making  a  low  continuous  indistinct  sound;  "like  murmuring 
  waves";  "susurrant  voices"  [syn:  {murmuring},  {susurrant}] 
  n  :  the  light  noise  like  the  noise  of  silk  clothing  or  leaves 
  blowing  in  the  wind  [syn:  {rustle},  {rustling},  {whisper}] 

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