warble

Definitions

  • Ox Warble-fly (Hypoderma bovis) with egg, larva, and puparium
    Ox Warble-fly (Hypoderma bovis) with egg, larva, and puparium
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v warble sing by changing register; sing by yodeling "The Austrians were yodeling in the mountains"
    • v warble sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
    • n warble a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Warble A quavering modulation of the voice; a musical trill; a song. "And he, the wondrous child,
      Whose silver warble wild
      Outvalued every pulsing sound."
    • Warble (Far) A small tumor produced by the larvæ of the gadfly in the backs of horses, cattle, etc. Called also warblet warbeetle warnles.
    • Warble (Far) A small, hard tumor which is produced on the back of a horse by the heat or pressure of the saddle in traveling.
    • Warble (Zoöl) See Wormil.
    • Warble To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously. "Such strains ne'er warble in the linnet's throat."
    • Warble To cause to quaver or vibrate. "And touch the warbled string."
    • Warble To sing in a trilling manner, or with many turns and variations. "Birds on the branches warbling ."
    • Warble To sing in a trilling, quavering, or vibratory manner; to modulate with turns or variations; to trill; as, certain birds are remarkable for warbling their songs.
    • Warble To sing with sudden changes from chest to head tones; to yodel.
    • Warble To utter musically; to modulate; to carol. "If she be right invoked in warbled song.""Warbling sweet the nuptial lay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • warble To sing with trills and quavering, or melodious turns, as a bird; carol or sing with sweetly trilling notes.
    • warble To sound vibratingly, or with free, smooth, and rapid modulations of pitch; quaver.
    • warble To yodel.
    • warble To sing or utter with quavering trills or turns: as, to warble a song.
    • warble To describe or celebrate in song.
    • n warble A strain of clear, rapidly uttered, gliding tones; a trilling, flexible melody; a carol; a song; any soft sweet flow of melodious sounds.
    • warble In falconry, to cross the wings upon the back.
    • n warble A small, hard swelling on the back of a horse, produced by the galling of the saddle.
    • n warble A tumor on the back of cattle or doer, produced by the larva of a bot-fly or gadfly.
    • n warble An insect or its larva which produces warbles. Also warbeetle. Compare wabble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Warble wawr′bl to sing in a quavering way, or with variations: to chirp as birds do
    • v.t Warble to sing in a vibratory manner: to utter musically: to carol
    • n Warble a quavering modulation of the voice: a song
    • n Warble wawr′bl a small hard swelling on a horse's back, caused by the galling of the saddle: a tumour caused by the gadfly, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. werbelen, OF. werbler,; of Teutonic origin; cf. G. wirbeln, to turn, to warble, D. wervelen, akin to E. whirl,. See Whirl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Other forms are wormil, wornal; ety. dub.

Usage

In literature:

With her bird still warbling on her shoulder, Nelly bent her steps to the cottage of her sister.
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
Our lips will continue to warble the same melancholy tune until the old flag once more waves over Garside!
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The little birds had folded their wings and hushed their warblings.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
There's something quite pretty in their warbling.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Mild, as the strains, that, at the close of day, Warbling remote, along the vales decay!
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
In this latter respect his habit is in contrast with that of the warbling vireo.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
She was left alone, and the flute was heard like the murmur of a fountain or the warbling of birds.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
If Mr. Frawley had warbled "The Wearing o' the Green" the illusion would have been complete.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
I warbled till the little birds would quit their native bush.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
They make the woods, the gardens, and the fields resound with their merry warbles.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
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In poetry:

It broke out into warbles,
And singing sped away;
But I, like one awakened,
Fled down the mossy way.
"Entangled" by Mathilde Blind
Thou know'st how hard to hurry by,
Where on the lonely woodland road
Beneath the moonlight sky
The festal warblings flowed;
"Eight Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
There to the brooding bird her mate
Warbles by fits his low clear song;
And by the busy streamlet both
Are sung to all day long.
"A Wren's Nest" by William Wordsworth
Now a cadence softly warbles,
'Tis the Flute's melodious sound ;
Now the measure loudly swelling,
Flings its awful thunder round.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple
But deemed that spirits of the air
Had left their native homes in heaven,
And that the music warbled there
To earth awhile was given?
"Music:To A Boy Of Four Years Old, On Hearing Him Play The Harp " by Fitz-Greene Halleck
O let the wild birds o’er me warble
I shall love the cheerful sound
Though I lay beneath the marble
In the cold and loathsome ground.
"Orphan;s Request" by Joseph Warren Watson

In news:

Warbles are the larvae of the bot , cutereba, which is a very large fly with feelers and utterly disgusting.
Bing Crosby never warbled a holiday season tune in their honor.
Bringing you the latest tracks with warbly synths, sun-drenched drones, and thudding electronic beats.
The sounds of openers Sister Crayon 's trip-hoppy warbling fetched knee-jerk comparisons to Bjork, Florence + the Machine and Cocteau Twins from The Spin and our companions.
But the EVH Flanger is also a great choice if you're looking to create your own sound, as it provides stellar flanging effects from jet streams to warbling, warped tremolo and bizarro metallic tones.
When Katie Griesar was a child, she listened to her mother, a professional singer, warble show tunes and German Lieder around the house.
Scrawny, homely, he was standing under running water, half draped by the shower curtain, warbling away in a shaky voice that evoked the late Slim Pickins.
Led by the mellow warbles of Isaac Stanford's steel guitar, the band didn't take long to capture my attention with their country and Hawaiian covers.
"Margaret Whiting warbled a pair of tunes at Tuesday night's fundraiser.".
A Space Odyssey," the proto-synthesizer warbling of "Silver Apples of the Moon," "The Martian Hop" (in which aliens "throw a dance for all the human race") by Ran-Dells, and a lost-in- space take on the 1934 jazz cla...
INTERVIEWS Hear Kanye West Warble About an Ex in Long, Live Auto-Tune Riff.
INTERVIEWS Discover Anya Marina's Lauper-Like Warble .
On November 19, 2012, the Gallatin County Coroner responded to Warble Lane in Bozeman to a report of an apparent murder/suicide.
With the warbling hoots of a moose-calling contest, the people of this community invite visitors to help cheer the ongoing moose comeback in the Adirondacks next weekend, Sept 22 and 23.
If anyone unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens , his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song.
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