a. hiss

Hiss

[his]
noun
Alger, 1904–96, U.S. public official, accused of espionage 1948 and imprisoned for perjury 1950–54.
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hiss (hɪs)
 
n
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
 
interj
4.  an exclamation of derision or disapproval
 
vb
5.  (intr) to produce or utter a hiss
6.  (tr) to express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger
7.  (tr) to show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc) by hissing
 
[C14: of imitative origin]
 
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n

Hiss (hɪs)
 
n
Alger. 1904--96, US government official: imprisoned (1950--54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities

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Hiss definition


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."

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