susurration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n susurration speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    • n susurration the indistinct sound of people whispering "a soft susurrus of conversation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Susurration A whispering; a soft murmur. "Soft susurrations of the trees."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n susurration A whispering; a soft murmur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Susurration a soft murmur
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. susurratio, fr. susurrare, to whisper: cf. F. susurration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. susurrāre, -ātum, to whisper.

Usage

In literature:

The canes do not utter a single susurration.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
Also, there lacked the persistent susurrant sound of the ventilation pumps.
"The Stars, My Brothers" by Edmond Hamilton
The crowd susurrations were liquid in his screwed-up ears.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
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In poetry:

Out of the starless night that covers me,
(O tribulation of the wind that rolls!)
Black as the cloud of some tremendous spell,
The susurration of the sighing sea Sounds like the sobbing whisper of two souls
That tremble in a passion of farewell.
"A Love" by William Ernest Henley