howling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj howling extraordinarily good or great; 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"
    • n howling a long loud emotional utterance "he gave a howl of pain","howls of laughter","their howling had no effect"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • howling Filled with howling beasts or dismal sounds.
    • howling Very “loud”; intense: as, a howling swell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Howling filled with howlings, as of the wind, or of wild beasts:
    • adj Howling (slang) tremendous
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. huller—L. ululāre, to shriek or howl—ulula, an owl; cf. Ger. heulen, Eng. owl.

Usage

In literature:

Down went the team with a united howl of despair.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
Pitiless wind, laden with sleet, howled over them as if thirsting impatiently for the fishermen's lives.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
At this, there was such a howl of indignation that Algitha remonstrated.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
What he referred to was a long mournful howl which arose on the storm-laden air.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
It was a howling mob, elately riotous, and already infected by the virus of the goldophobia.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The men panted as they climbed; the wind howled along the crest, the snow began to swirl.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
When the spirit takes its flight a wild howl goes up from the tent.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
In cold, clear nights, when even the wind was frozen still, the lugubrious howling of the wolf permitted no sleep.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
A howl went up, for the bullet had nipped one red man in the ear and glanced along the shoulder of a second.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
That night there was a grand howl from the brigands.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
What a wild howl of satisfaction went up from the throats of the Rockland rooters!
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
Dogs howled in response, women chattered, boys quarreled.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
He looked into his master's face and gave a piteous howl, and went to the door and pawed.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
I say, what a howling swell you'll be.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
There were gladness and trust in those deep-throated howls of greetings.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
Towser let out a mournful howl.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
No, he was not afraid, although the cold wind whistled around them, and beneath the wild wolves howled.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
When a man loses, it isn't good taste to set up a howl.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
She would howl then with a howl that told of bitter disappointment.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Pretty soon they heard a low howling, which was promptly responded to by a corresponding howl at a distance.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
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In poetry:

There is a spot 'mid barren hills
Where winter howls and driving rain,
But if the weary tempest chills
There is a light that warms again.
"Holyday" by Emily Jane Bronte
A hundred, a thousand to one; even so;
Not a hope in the world remained:
The swarming howling wretches below
Gained and gained and gained.
"In The Round Tower At Jhansi" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
We love to read the glorious page,
How bold Achilles kill'd his foe:
And Turnus, fell'd by Trojans' rage,
Went howling to the shades below.
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I looked into my heart to write
And found a desert there.
But when I looked again I heard
Howling and proud in every word
The hyena despair.
"Summer Song" by George Barker
The distant dog howl'd long and loud,
And shrilly whistled the blast,
And the Ladye stedfastly look'd around,
To mark each omen that pass'd.
"St. Mark's Eve - A Fragment" by Mary Anne Browne
There is a spot, mid barren hills,
Where winter howls, and driving rain;
But if the dreary tempest chills,
There is a light that warms again.
"A little while, a little while" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

You could almost hear their knives sharpening -- if it weren't for the howls of glee -- at the news Canada wants in on the upcoming round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.
As I write this, the wind is howling out of the north, and a hot bowl of soup sure sounds.
Smokey IX latest of Hudson hounds to howl for the Vols.
Outside, the rain fell in sheets and the wind howled.
Big Dog Parade Howls Through Town.
Howling Mile & Dog Show tomorrow.
Twilight series-ender 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' a howling good time .
Twilight series-ender 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' a howling good time.
It's Howl-O-Ween At The Hartley Nature Center, Saturday October 27th.
The Alone maze at Howl-O-Scream in Busch Gardens Tampa, Fla. See more stories.
Howl -o-ween in Grand Blanc.
ABC13 Meteorologist Casey Curry had the tough weekend task of being a judge at the Howl -O-Ween Dog Walk in in Katy.
More than 30 dog owners and their pets participated in the " Howl -O-Ween" pooch parade Saturday at the Merced dog park off Yosemite Avenue and R Street.
Byron was one of more than 500 howling and barking canines in the parade.
I dare you to find a dog with a worse howl than this.
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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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