susurrus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n susurrus the indistinct sound of people whispering "a soft susurrus of conversation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Susurrus The act of whispering; a whisper; a murmur. "The soft susurrus and sighs of the branches."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n susurrus A soft murmuring or humming sound; a whisper; a murmur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Susurrus a soft murmuring, a whispering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. susurrāre, -ātum, to whisper.

Usage

In literature:

As they lay there the slow, monotonous susurrus of the sea made a deep accompaniment to their words.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
The ashes fell with a soft susurrus in the grate.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
And I mean to hymn, as soon as I have a moment of leisure time, The chill susurrus of cocktail ice in an adequate piece of rhyme.
"Something Else Again" by Franklin P. Adams
On either hand, cliffs rose up, and the susurrus of waves breaking on sand could be heard in the distance.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
In the background, the susurrus of the air jets rose slightly to the soft lullaby-sound that the wheel would always sing as she rolled.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
They are the susurrus of the breeze before the storm, and you await what is to follow with palpitating heart.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
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In poetry:

Nothing, in brief, but maudlin confession,
Irresponse to human aggression,
Amid the precipitation, down-float
Of insubstantial manna,
Lifting the faint susurrus
Of his subjective hosannah.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound