• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Whisperingly In a whisper, or low voice; in a whispering manner; with whispers.
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"Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear." "Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear."

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Alaska it is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they are moose hunting.
    • whisperingly In a whispering manner; in a low voice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone.
    • advs Whisperingly in a whisper or low voice
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  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.”
  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.”
  • The Land Before Time
    The Land Before Time
    “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.”
  • William Congreve
    “I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.”


Chinese whispers - (UK) When a story is told from person to person, especially if it is gossip or scandal, it inevitably gets distorted and exaggerated. This process is called Chinese whispers.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwisprian; Ger. wispern, Ice. hvískra; allied to whistle.


In literature:

Hamar (who has been making signs to her to stop, whispers).
"Three Dramas" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
He was talking so confidentially to Carmina, that he almost whispered in her ear.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
The earth here remembers her past, and to bring about its renewal she whispers with honeyed entreaty and lures with bewitching glamour.
"Imaginations and Reveries" by (A.E.) George William Russell
Of these "bright hopes" he always spoke quietly, in a blissful half-whisper, as it were secretly.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
He crossed to the Lectern and was conscious that the tourists were whispering together about him.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
So I whispered to him to pretend to go to sleep, and then I told the doctor I had lost the syringe.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
There had been whisperings, and uneasiness was already spreading.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
They were the kind of men about whom many whispers and no facts circulate: and yet the facts are far worse than the whispers.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
That strange whisper was to Lenore the whisper of God.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
Go at once," she whispered hurriedly, "Milagros is calling me.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
Kaipi worked himself close to me just before midday, and, with one eye upon Soma and the other five carriers, whispered a message.
"The White Waterfall" by James Francis Dwyer
As damnable treason as ever I heard whispered!
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
A word or two of these whisperings reached Mrs. Gilson's ears.
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
Then she whispered five words to him, and sent him home.
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres
Soon after Doctor Gozzi went to his room, and finding myself alone with Bettina I bent down over her bed and whispered in her ear.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Stephen Crellock was bending forward to whisper a few words in his ear.
"This Man's Wife" by George Manville Fenn
He answered in a whisper, his pale face slowly reddening.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
This prohibition struck the young man as curious and lent additional colour to the whispers of mystery concerning the fine fashionable house.
"The Pauper of Park Lane" by William Le Queux
Jelf, the landlord, had been told it by Cotton himself, and Jelf in his turn had whispered it to Lee.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
In answering, her voice fell to a whisper.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

Ah, yes, I whisper to myself,
The music that has bound us,
Has tones that will not chord with those
The past has flung around us.
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
Then I whisper—"O, ye poets
That stand on the hills of life,
Your eyes are upon the battle,
But ye stand apart from the strife.
"I Stand With My Shoulder To Shoulders" by Alexander Anderson
There’s never a hush on Carrowmore
Come autumn or come spring,
For, oh, the tongues of Carrowmore,
They are fain of whispering!
"Carrowmore" by Clinton Scollard
Some of the passengers
exclaim in whispers,
childishly, softly,
"Sure are big creatures."
"It's awful plain."
"Look! It's a she!"
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop
Ah, gentle maidens, free from blame,
God grant you never know
The little whisper, loud with shame,
That makes the world your foe!
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Whispers soft as whispers be
When love lends its voice, and she
Hears its thrilling music stream
Through the wonder-gate of dream.
"Isa In The Garden" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

CIT Would Be Deal Gravy for Wells Fargo: Street Whispers.
That Gray Television is starting a third station here has been whispered for months.
Strange things are afoot at Miskatonic University in Sean Branney's The Whisperer in Darkness.
Whisper-thin charged wires form a low-power sail for the solar wind.
The Plaza Athenee barely manages a whisper.
"I'm being held hostage," Tess Monaghan whispered into her iPhone to her friend Whitney.
Rumors are swirling that the luxury home market in Charlotte is nearing extinction, that it's barely a whisper of what it once was.
Whispering Beard Folk Festival Starts NOW.
Whispering Pines apartment fire causes $20,000 in damage.
JCC hopes to use Whispering Pines land.
Whispering Pines employees fear pending job loss.
Whispering Pines celebrates 10th.
As I Lay Dying Whispering Silence (Clip).
Ken Burns PROHIBITION Whispering Wires Whispering Wires PBS.
From hobby to vineyard: Whispering Pines had its start in a kitchen.

In science:

Upon wrapping a stripe with enhanced dielectric constant into a ring, a waveguided mode transforms into a whispering-gallery mode.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Phase-matched excitation of whispering-gallerymode resonances by a fiber taper.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
As it happened, I was sitting next to Boris at this seminar, so Boris just leaned over to me and whispered in my ear, ”I will translate for you.” And so he did, most skillfully summarizing in a few words the important point after each few sentences of the speaker.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
The inset is a schematic drawing of the cylindrical sapphire oscillator with the Poynting vector P in the whispering gallery (WG) mode, the velocity v(t) of the cylinder with respect to the CMB, and the relevant angles for a photon in the WG mode.
Tests of relativity using a microwave resonator
And then, after he had mentioned some names, he said that he wished to whisper something privately to the tyrant; and when he came near him he bit him, and would not leave his hold till he was stabbed.
Zeno meets modern science
These equations are general for any resonator experiments, including FabryPerot and microwave cavity experiments, and simplify the analysis for complex resonator configurations, such as whispering gallery mode resonators.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
In the next subsection we consider similar configurations for Whispering Gallery (WG) modes.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
Fig. 7. A visual representation of the electric and magnetic fields of a ’pure’ Whispering Gallery mode propagating in the φ direction with a radius of r = R.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
In this section we restrict ourselves to analysis of whispering gallery mode resonator experiments, as the analysis has been well described for FabryPerot resonators previously .
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
For the whispering gallery mode experiment as shown in Fig. 8, the variable of integration around the path of the resonator is naturally chosen as the azimuthal angle, φj , relative to the cylindrical coordinates of each resonator.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
The mode which we excite is a Whispering Gallery mode we have a choice of WGEm,n,p or WGHm,n,p modes, the first subscript, m, gives the azimuthal mode number, while n and p give the number of zero crossings in the radial and z-direction respectively.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
Note the dominant fields are Ez and Hr consistent with a pure whispering gallery mode approximation.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
We applied the above analysis to our experiment at the University of Western Australia, which is based on rotating cryogenic sapphire whispering gallery mode microwave oscillators.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
For whispering and shouting, the dynamics might diverge from linearity further.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
Similar phenomenon can be observed at radiation reflection from the curved surface (so called ”whispering modes”) .
On X-Ray Waveguiding in Nanochannels: Channeling Formalism