• WordNet 3.6
    • adj whispering making a low continuous indistinct sound "like murmuring waves","susurrant voices"
    • n whispering speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    • n whispering a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
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"Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear." "Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alaska it is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they are moose hunting.
    • Whispering a. & n. from Whisper. v. t.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone.
    • n whispering Whispered talk or conversation; a whisper, or whispers collectively.
    • n whispering Talebearing, hint, or insinuation.
    • whispering Like a whisper; low and non-vocal.
    • whispering Emitting, making, or characterized by a low sound resembling a whisper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whispering whispered talk: insinuation
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  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.”
  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.”
  • Tibetan Proverb
    Tibetan Proverb
    “Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.”
  • The Land Before Time
    The Land Before Time
    “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.”


Chinese whispers - (UK) When a story is told from person to person, especially if it is gossip or scandal, it inevitably gets distorted and exaggerated. This process is called Chinese whispers.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwisprian; Ger. wispern, Ice. hvískra; allied to whistle.


In literature:

Giving leave to whisper or to leave seats.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
It was low and soft, as though he feared to speak above a whisper.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Faint whispers passed to and fro with the fish.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
He had whispered that the day marked to him such a pause in life's dull round that it seemed to him a pity to start again.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
The Senor O'Farrell whispered to her at the ball that the lots would sell for little and their value would increase immensely.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
The persons embarking in her whispered among themselves.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Again and again it seemed that the forest was about to whisper its secret, but something always happened to interrupt.
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
It was difficult to get a moment to whisper to each other.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
He could even hear them whispering and the brushing of their feet.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
A little eddying wind made a mysterious whisper among its thirsty shrubs.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
He went to the children and kissed Sally and whispered in her ear and passed on into the house.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
The silence filled his ears with a hum, which grew into a sound of whispering voices.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
She could not for a few moments understand what Dale was whispering at her ear.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
As I go away, I have only to whisper in his ear that I will certainly return, and it will be all right.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Robert was again at the chink, like some penitent whispering through a grating to his father confessor.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
In a faint whisper came his name.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
His father was a rich man, and it was whispered that he would sometime be a junior partner in the concern.
"Fashion and Famine" by Ann S. Stephens
There was talk of one Eli Norton, and of foul play, and an ugly word was whispered.
"The Great Quest" by Charles Boardman Hawes
Again her voice dropped to a whisper.
"The Crime and the Criminal" by Richard Marsh
Camilla, jumping into the carriage, threw her arms around the neck of her uncle, and whispered to him all that had passed.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney

In poetry:

Why came in dreams the low-born man
Between thee and thy rest?
In vain thy whispered message ran,
Though justice was its quest!
"Pilate's Wife" by George MacDonald
The maiden laughed, as youth will laugh
At all its fears gone by;
"He does not know," she whispered low,
"A little witch am I."
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Of million whispers, still be thou
All day earth's canopy.
Glimmering and rustling, drink all night
Dew, darkness from the sky.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
It seemed there were so many steps,
But I knew there were only three!
Amidst the maples an autumn whisper
Pleaded: "Die with me!
"Song Of The Final Meeting" by Anna Akhmatova
And the hoary one's lips whisper
Haughty words of youthful fire,
And the eyes lit with love lustre
Flame with passionate desire.
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
And the grandsire speaks in a whisper:
"The end no man can see;
But we give him to his country
And we give our prayers to Thee."
"After All" by William Winter

In news:

Marc Copland New York Trio Recordings Vol 3: Night Whispers Pirouet.
What did Jenner whisper to Rick and how did the group respond.
For half a century, Gizella Weisshaus followed a trail of whispers.
Check out the new video for Duncan Sheik's 'Earthbound Starlight,' the first single from his new album, 'Whisper House' (out Jan 27).
Check out the new video for Duncan Sheik's ' Earthbound Starlight,' the first single from his new album, 'Whisper House' (out Jan 27).
Port St Lucie offering water fun Wednesdays for youngsters at Whispering Pines Park.
Whispering Pines hosts July 4th parade.
Drug bust finds three alligators in Whispering Hills condo.
Hence the president's whispered hint that more is coming.
Whispering Gallery wins the 2011 DRC Gold Cup.
It's business as usual at Palo Alto 's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, other than the nervous whispers among residents.
Turns out it was a case of telephone, or Chinese whispers, in the digital age.
Two cars were involved in a collision at the intersection of North Slappey Boulevard and Whispering Pines Road.
The baseball offseason started with whispers of the Texas Rangers signing a former Cy Young winner for the long term.
"Slow down when you drive through Whispering Pines".

In science:

Upon this procedure, the mode propagating along the waveguide transforms into a whispering-gallery mode of a ring.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
This leakage is responsible for a finite lifetime of the whispering-gallery mode.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Upon wrapping a stripe with enhanced dielectric constant into a ring, a waveguided mode transforms into a whispering-gallery mode.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
In this particular application, a “normal” gaussian deviation from the optimal geometry can have a catastrophic effect on trapping by scattering the light wave out of the whispering-gallery tra jectory.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
At this point we emphasize that, in calculation of the scattering rate out of the whispering-gallery tra jectory, the disks constituting the necklace must be considered as a single entity.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Owing to their spatial confinement and energy level discretization, they can be brought in strong coupling with the single mode of a microcavity, such as that offered by a pillar (etched planar cavity),20 the defect of a photonic crystal21 or the whispering gallery mode of a microdisk,22,23 among others.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
With microdisk resonators, the whispering gallery modes of a thin disk supported by a column provide the high Q modes of the cavity.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
Tunable optical frequency comb with a crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
Phase-matched excitation of whispering-gallerymode resonances by a fiber taper.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
Traceable 2-d finite-element simulation of the whispering-gallery modes of axisymmetric electromagnetic resonators.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
Maleki, 2003, “Whispering-gallery-mode electro-optic modulator and photonics microwave receiver,” J.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Maleki2007, “On fundamental quantum noises of whispering gallery mode electro-optic modulators,” Opt.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Yu, 2009, “Microwave whispering-gallery resonator for efficient optical up-conversion,” Phys.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Kimble, 1998, “Cavity QED with high-Q whispering gallery modes,” Phys.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Leuchs, “Quantum Light from a Whispering-Gallery-Mode Disk Resonator,” Phys.
All-Optical Quantum Random Bit Generation from Intrinsically Binary Phase of Parametric Oscillators