Definition of whistler in English:

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whistler

Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wis(ə)lər/

noun

1A person who whistles.
Example sentences
  • But as others explained, even talented whistlers often choose the tool to avoid putting fingers made grimy by farm work anywhere near their mouth.
  • All builders, decorators, plumbers, electricians and workmen of whatever stripe are whistlers.
  • And suddenly the quiet is shattered by an unseen whistler walking on an adjacent platform and giving a perfect rendition of the theme tune to ‘Thomas the Tank Engine.’
1.1An atmospheric radio disturbance heard as a whistle that falls in pitch, caused by lightning.
Example sentences
  • And if you've never heard the likes of sferics, tweeks, or whistlers, or listened to radio from Jupiter, tune in to a page on the site ‘Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum’.
  • Listening to a tweek or a whistler conjures up nothing like a bolt of lightning in the mind's eye, however.
  • Sun Rings is a piece composed by Terry Riley for string quartet and a 60-voice choir, and part of it comes from the whistlers recorded by NASA's explorations into space.
2A robust Australasian and Indonesian songbird with a strong and typically hooked bill and a loud melodious call. Also called thickhead.
  • Family Pachycephalidae: four genera, in particular Pachycephala, and many species
Example sentences
  • My grandfather wanted to look through the book and quickly became enthralled by its colorful plates of whistlers, honeyeaters, parrots, pigeons, and doves.
  • Then there was another black-white-yellow bird, not a whistler - a shrike tit?
  • Bald coots enjoyed his potatoes, olive whistlers pulled up sprouting peas, and pipits ate young sprouts.
3North American another term for hoary marmot.
Example sentences
  • In fact, another name for the hoary marmot is the whistler.

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Syllabification: whis·tler

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