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hiss

[his] /hɪs/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make or emit a sharp sound like that of the letter s prolonged, as a snake does, or as steam does when forced under pressure through a small opening.
2.
to express disapproval or contempt by making this sound:
The audience hissed when the actor forgot his lines.
verb (used with object)
3.
to express disapproval of by hissing:
The audience hissed the controversial play.
4.
to silence or drive away by hissing (usually followed by away, down, etc.):
They hissed down the author when he tried to speak.
5.
to utter with a hiss.
noun
6.
a hissing sound, especially one made in disapproval.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English hissen; probably imitative; compare Old English hyscan to jeer at, rail (derivative of husc jeering; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German hosc)
Related forms
hisser, noun
hissingly, adverb
outhiss, verb (used with object)
unhissed, adjective
Synonyms
2, 4. boo, razz, heckle.

Hiss

[his] /hɪs/
noun
1.
Alger, 1904–96, U.S. public official, accused of espionage 1948 and imprisoned for perjury 1950–54.
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Examples for hiss
  • There was also the much more compelling hide-and-hiss factor of two felines really not interested in having an outing in a crate.
  • The hiss was explosive and he turned his face from the acrid ammoniac steam.
  • Minus the filter, which erases low frequencies from the audio signal, the tracks were laced with a hectoring hiss.
  • Those explosions end with the hiss of new waterfalls and spilling ice shards.
  • Precious oxygen begins to hiss into the void of space.
  • Some users, who still enjoy sensitive and intact hearing, might detect a slight background hiss.
  • He let out a hiss and went limp, unable to speak or breathe.
  • We cheer the heroes as they rescue maidens in peril, and hiss the villains as they twirl their mustaches.
  • He folded back the hood and a geyser of white steam shot up with a hiss.
  • It would christen babies and make hoses hiss and fill space enough for couples on ocean liners to travel.
British Dictionary definitions for hiss

hiss

/hɪs/
noun
1.
a voiceless fricative sound like that of a prolonged s
2.
such a sound uttered as an exclamation of derision, contempt, etc, esp by an audience or crowd
3.
(electronics) receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc
interjection
4.
an exclamation of derision or disapproval
verb
5.
(intransitive) to produce or utter a hiss
6.
(transitive) to express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger
7.
(transitive) to show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc) by hissing
Derived Forms
hisser, noun
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin

Hiss

/hɪs/
noun
1.
Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities
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hiss in the Bible

to express contempt (Job 27:23). The destruction of the temple is thus spoken of (1 Kings 9:8). Zechariah (10:8) speaks of the Lord gathering the house of Judah as it were with a hiss: "I will hiss for them." This expression may be "derived from the noise made to attract bees in hiving, or from the sound naturally made to attract a person's attention."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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