chirp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chirp make high-pitched sounds "the birds were chirping in the bushes"
    • v chirp sing in modulation
    • n chirp a sharp sound made by small birds or insects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cricket chirping can tell the temperature outside. Counting how many times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and then adding 40 to that number will approximately tell you what the temperature is in Fahrenheit
    • n Chirp A short, sharp note, as of a bird or insect. "The chirp of flitting bird."
    • v. i Chirp To make a shop, sharp, cheerful, as of small birds or crickets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
    • chirp To make a short, sharp, cheery sound, as is done by small birds and various insects.
    • chirp To utter inarticulate sounds expressive of satisfaction or pleasure.
    • chirp To sound or utter in a chirping manner.
    • n chirp A short, sharp, cheerful note, as of certain birds and insects.
    • chirp To cheer; enliven: known only in the present participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you could count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide by 2, add 9 and divide by 2 again, you would have the correct temperature in celcius degrees
    • n Chirp chėrp the sharp, shrill sound of certain birds and insects
    • v.i Chirp to make such a sound; to talk in a happy and lively strain
    • v.t Chirp to cheer
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Quotations

  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “What is not yours always chirps for its master.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of imitative orgin. Cf. Chirk Chipper Cheep Chirm Chirrup

Usage

In literature:

The sparrows chirp, the wagons rattle, the boys cry the papers, and the household smiles.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
It was as though bees hummed, grasshoppers chirped and birds warbled over the happy house of Mary and Martha.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
The sparrows were chirping, and hungry crows were calling loudly for food.
"The Child's World" by Hetty Browne, Sarah Withers, W.K. Tate
Blackbird, sparrow-hawk, and Hoopoe about houses; it has a curious hoop, varied with a grating chirp.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
So you need not be chirping out, "On their feet, of course;" or some foolish answer of that kind.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878" by Various
Whole families of cicalas chirp day and night under our old resounding roof.
"Madame Chrysantheme" by Pierre Loti
And the last rule is, that the crickets shouldn't be chirping.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877" by Various
His voice here would be little more effective than the chirping of an insect.
"John L. Stoddard's Lectures, Vol. 10 (of 10)" by John L. Stoddard
True thunder shall strike dumb their chirping chimes.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, October 22, 1892" by Various
The crickets were chirping.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

An early cricket chirps,
then pauses;
the dying lamp gutters
then flares again.
"An early cricket chirps" by Bai JuYi
Sorrow that has lost its memory
is like the dumb dark hours
that have no bird songs
but only the cricket's chirp.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
But Chirpings bright in dewy woods
Foretell divine tomorrows,
And little birds are very good
To dissipate great sorrows.
"The Congregation" by Gamaliel Bradford
Last year I sat within my room,
And heard the cricket in the gloom
Chirp out his palpitating lay,
As if he were on holiday.
"The Cricket's Silence" by Alexander Anderson
Chirped the birdie, "Its an honor,
If it is for the children;
For their holy, sacred corner,
I'll give you half a million."
"The Time Of The Singing Of Birds Is Come.” Solomon's Song, 2:12." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Joys upon our branches sit,
Chirping loud and singing sweet;
Like gentle streams beneath our feet
Innocence and virtue meet.
"Love and Harmony" by William Blake

In news:

Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of ' alien birds'.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts -- and they mimic the chirping of birds.
Earth's radiation belts chirp like alien birds.
Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of ' alien birds.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts — and they mimic the chirping of birds.
Surrounded by a nature preserve, it's a place where the chirping of cardinals blends perfectly with the soothing trickle of a poolside spa.
Fresh air, starry skies, crickets chirping, and a pretty funny Dan Aykroyd/John Candy movie to boot.
Like the name suggests, think of it like a flock of birds perched on a branch, chirping to one another.
Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds.
Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'.
Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds.
And the chirping, buzzing hum of a dial-up modem.
"Chirp" by Sandy Silbert of the POW Artists ( Sandy Silbert / December 13, 2012 ).
Here's something to get you chirping: a Utah entrepreneur has created a new energy bar made with cricket flour .
Rene quietly ponders the solemn night, accompanied by crickets chirping and his dog's eager barking.
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In science:

When event rates are taken into account150,549 , order of magnitude estimates indicate that after one-year of operation of the advanced LIGO, one in-spiral chirp event from a NS-NS or NSBH merger, and probably one collapsar event (sub ject to uncertainties) would be detected174,544 .
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
By matched filtering, we can determine the frequency of the chirp as a function of time with an error of less than one tenth of a cycle.
Performing a theoretically robust Ryan test using intermediate-mass black holes
This frequency evolution function (FEF) will be observed with this accuracy over hundreds of thousands of cycles—or even a million or more—in a typical chirp observed by LISA.
Performing a theoretically robust Ryan test using intermediate-mass black holes
The data for performing the Ryan test for a typical EMRI all comes from the part of the chirp where v > .2, a region that is suspect for the reasons briefly discussed in the preceding subsection.
Performing a theoretically robust Ryan test using intermediate-mass black holes
We can get a good estimate of the accuracy of the Ryan test by counting the number of cycles the fourth-order term contributes to the chirp.
Performing a theoretically robust Ryan test using intermediate-mass black holes
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