howl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v howl laugh unrestrainedly and heartily
    • v howl make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles "The wind was howling in the trees","The water roared down the chute"
    • v howl emit long loud cries "wail in self-pity","howl with sorrow"
    • v howl cry loudly, as of animals "The coyotes were howling in the desert"
    • n howl a long loud emotional utterance "he gave a howl of pain","howls of laughter","their howling had no effect"
    • n howl a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound "the howl of the wind made him restless"
    • n howl the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Howl A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
    • Howl The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
    • Howl To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast. "Wild howled the wind."
    • Howl To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do. "And dogs in corners set them down to howl .""Methought a legion of foul fiends
      Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears."
    • Howl 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."
    • v. t Howl To utter with outcry. "Go . . . howl it out in deserts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • howl To utter a loud, prolonged, and mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
    • howl To give out a loud wailing sound, as the wind: as, the storm howls.
    • howl To wail; lament; make a loud mournful outcry.
    • howl To utter in a loud wailing tone.
    • n howl The cry of a dog or wolf, or any sound resembling that cry.
    • n howl A cry of anguish or distress; a loud wail.
    • howl Of an organ-pipe, same as cipher, v., 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Howl howl to yell or cry, as a wolf or dog: to utter a long, loud, whining sound: to wail: to roar
    • v.t Howl to utter with outcry:—pr.p. howl′ing; pa.p. howled
    • n Howl a loud, prolonged cry of distress: a mournful cry
    • n Howl a howl
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Quotations

  • Nellie Mcclung
    Nellie Mcclung
    “Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.”
  • Francis Thompson
    Francis Thompson
    “The devil doesn't know how to sing, only how to howl.”
  • A. N. Wilson
    A. N. Wilson
    “If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.”
  • Bob Harrington
    Bob Harrington
    “You never become a howling success by just howling.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. houlen, hulen,; akin to D. huilen, MHG. hiulen, hiuweln, OHG. hiuwilōn, to exult, hwo, owl, Dan. hyle, to howl

Usage

In literature:

In the middle of the night I heard the howling of the wind; a terrific gale was blowing.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Lorand, exhausted and half dazed, listened to that beast-like howl gradually diminishing in the distance.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Each is equally diverting, but the Howl has the merit of greater brevity.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
My dog howls and barks.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The chained watch-dog sent a dismal howl after it.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The older dog expostulated with terrific howls, while Travis turned quickly and kicked off the intruder.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
On the fragrant lesser streets, small vehicles rushed with proportionately louder howlings.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
They followed the little party persistently, and kept up a mournful howling.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The thunder crashed louder than ever; the wind roared and howled through the forest.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was not so drunk that fire would not burn him, and the pain made him howl like a wounded buffalo.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
The disappointed Indians gave vent to a fiendish howl, and discharged a cloud of arrows, most of which fell short of their mark.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
The mournful howl of a wolf came faintly from the northern rim of the forest.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Breed howled again and started on the hunt alone.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
It was more like the howl of some ravenous beast than any sound which human organs ever uttered.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Two days later he decided not to give Caesar anything to eat, so that he would terrify the neighbours by his howling.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Bobby let out a howl of disappointment.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
She is going to howl.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Not twenty paces in its rear followed a string of howling animals, evidently in pursuit of it.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
A howl went up from the crowd in the square, the people around Daoud shouting so loudly as to deafen him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The rest of the pack were just coming up, howling as loud as they could.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
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In poetry:

In the waste howling wilderness
The Church is wandering still,
Because we would not onward press
When close to Sion's hill.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
My soul is like a wilderness,
Where beasts of midnight howl;
There the sad raven finds her place,
And there the screaming owl.
"Psalm 102 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Seated by their blazing hearth--
John and Hannah--snug and warm--
What if darkness wrap the earth?
Drive the sleet and howl the storm!
"Fido" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Then my soul delays no longer:
Though the night around is scowling,
Keenly mount him blacker, stronger
Than the tempest that is howling.
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
Alike to him if tempests howl,
Or summer beam its sweetest day;
For still is pleas'd the silly soul,
And still he laughs the hours away.
"Lines Written In A Cottage" by Sir John Carr
The tempest raged in all its mighty wrath,
The winds howled on,
All hope seemed gone,
And darker waves surged round the bark's lone path.
"The Master's Voice" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Eastern wolves howl for recognition.
It's Howl -O-Ween At The Hartley Nature Center, Saturday October 27th.
HoWL 's winter program will start in January with day trips teaching winter skills and camping.
For more information on the Reel Rock 7 Tour and HoWL 's programs, go to www.howlalaska.org.
HoWL also continues its rock climbing classes at the Bay Club throughout the school year.
Bucs cheerleaders get spooked at Howl -O-Scream.
Busch Gardens Howl -O-Scream/Matt Marriott.
Updated Saturday, Nov 10, 2012, at 7:26 a.m. An entry in our 2010 Howl -o-ween contest.
The Eagle and Kansas.com received 75 entries in the 2012 Howl -o-ween pet photo contest.
Here are pictures from the recent Halloween Howl at the Edmonds Off Leash Dog Park.
The Howl -O-Ween party at Willow Park in Surfside gathers resident dog lovers to share in fun, food and playtime.
Halloween Howl a treat for kids.
Jack Pruitt, 10, of Tustin sports a creative homemade costume at Wednesday's Halloween Howl hosted by the City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department.
Kool FM's Howl -oween Costume Contest at Regal Pet Resort.
Kool FM teamed with Regal Pet Resort for the 2012 Howl -oween Pets & Kids Costume Contest.
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In science:

Howls, High orders of the Weyl expansion for quantum bil liards: resurgence of periodic orbits, and the Stokes phenomenon, Proc. R.
On Recovering the Shape of a Domain from the Trace of the Heat Kernel
Thus, whereas the partition function contains contributions from positive powers of β (which contain information on the shortest periodic orbits in the system, Berry and Howls 1994), these terms are cancelled in the density of states by the poles of the Γ-function in the denominator.
Eigenvalue statistics in quantum ideal gases
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