sibilate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sibilate make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
    • v sibilate express or utter with a hiss
    • v sibilate utter a sibilant
    • v sibilate pronounce with an initial sibilant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Sibilate To pronounce with a hissing sound, like that of the letter s; to mark with a character indicating such pronunciation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sibilate To pronounce with a hissing sound, like that of the letters s or z; also, to mark with a character indicating such a pronunciation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sibilate to pronounce with a hissing sound
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Quotations

  • Walt Whitman
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    “This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sibilāre, -ātum, to hiss.

Usage

In literature:

The gentle sibilance of air drawn through the glowing nest of tobacco is the only sound.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
It is quite a noticeable strain, sharp and sibilant, and sounds well amid the old trees.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
The soft sibilant sound of whispering which came to his ears just as he was about to approach the door roused Jack from his reflections.
"The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border" by Gerald Breckenridge
The greatest variety among the Slavic letters exists in the sibilants.
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
He loved the grinding, clashing, and rending sibilants and explosives as Tennyson the tender-hefted liquids.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
Her dress was silk, and rustled when she moved, with soft and sibilant sounds.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Their fall was a soft sibilation, a long-drawn sigh.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
Indeed, the term "hiss" is a misnomer for the quick sibilant expulsion of the breath by an alarmed or angered serpent.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
He felt like the author to whose ears is borne the ominous sibilance of the pit.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
She made it long and extremely sibilant.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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In poetry:

Cat’s mewling, sky’s
sibilances, these
are the thieves of my ease? What else waits
in the dark where loneliness hides?
"Dark Where Loneliness Hides" by Tatamkhulu Afrika
Freshening the water in the blue bowls
For the buck berries, with not all your love,
You shall he listening for the low wind,
The warning sibilance of pines.
"Prelude To An Evening" by John Crowe Ransom
Nor as in summer, soft: the insistent rain
Hisses the woe of my void life to me;
And the winds jibe me for my anguish vain,
Sibilant, like waters of the washing sea.
"In September" by Thomas MacDonagh
By the pool that I see in my dreams, dear love,
I have sat with you time and again;
And listened beneath the dank leaves, dear love,
To the sibilant sound of the rain.
"The Pool" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
THOU orb aloft full-dazzling! thou hot October noon!
Flooding with sheeny light the gray beach sand,
The sibilant near sea with vistas far and foam,
And tawny streaks and shades and spreading blue;
O sun of noon rufulgent! my special word to thee.
"Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Sibilings Savannah Bequeaith, 18, and Beau Bequeaith, 15, dressed as a feline and a reptile, hold their Beastly Blueberry and Apple Crumbles at the Beast Haunted House in Kansas City.
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In science:

And this set F+ reduction (RR) is denoted by F+ sibility (·) from F+ ( bG) is cal led the graph groupoid of G.
C*-Algebras Generated by Partial Isometries
Furthermore, there is an indication of a deficit of power on the largest scales (in e.g. the quadrupole and octupole moments), but the meaning of this unclear. A finite universe is one among many unlikely pos sibilities.
Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics at CIPANP 2003
Visibilities have been taken close to the first null of the compact source vi sibility function.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
Examples of MIDI visibility fits by the scaled uniform disk vi sibility function (solid line).
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
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