sibilation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sibilation pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
    • n sibilation a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval) "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sibilation Utterance with a hissing sound; also, the sound itself; a hiss. "He, with a long, low sibilation , stared."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sibilation The act of sibilating or hissing; the utterance or emission of sibilant sounds; also, a hissing sound; in style, predominance or prominence of the sound of s.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sibilation 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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sibilatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sibilāre, -ātum, to hiss.

Usage

In literature:

As she passed Elfreda's room she heard her name uttered in a sibilant whisper.
"Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
From the next room there came a succession of husky sibilant sounds, as though someone were whispering hurriedly and continuously.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The night was dark and murmurous with a sibilant wind that sent the leaves drifting, softly clashing one with another.
"The Fortune Hunter" by Louis Joseph Vance
One of them swore, in a whisper, and the oath came back upon them, echoing the name of the Saviour in hideous sibilance.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
How well I knew that soft, sibilant invocation!
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
All the sibilants in his words seemed to detach themselves, hissing, from the rest of the sounds.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
Pascal came out of this panting, haggard, his speech sibilant and painful.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
The uproar was deafening; the air was sibilant with streams and sheets of missiles.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
A thin, cold wind had sprung up, and was quietly stirring the leaves above me to an uneasy sibilance.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
It was the unmistakable sinister sibilance of a shell.
"The Storm Centre" by Charles Egbert Craddock
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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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