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Meaning of HISS

Pronunciation:  his

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  2. [n]  a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
  3. [v]  show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
  4. [v]  make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
  5. [v]  express or utter with a hiss
  6. [v]  move with a whooshing sound

HISS is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: bird, boo, boo, Bronx cheer, hissing, hoot, raspberry, razzing, sibilate, sibilation, siss, sizz, snort, whoosh
 Antonyms: acclaim, applaud, clap, spat
 See Also: call, condemn, cry, emit, go, let loose, let out, locomote, mouth, move, noise, outcry, shout, speak, talk, travel, utter, verbalise, verbalize, vociferation, yell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hiss\ v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hissed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Hissing}.] [AS. hysian; prob. of imitative origin?; cf. LG.
    hissen, OD. hisschen.]
    1. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the
       letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the
       teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a
       goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound
       as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
             The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee.
                                                   --Ezek. xxvii.
    2. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a
       sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
             Shod with steel, We hissed along the polished ice.
  2. \Hiss\, v. t.
    1. To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
             If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him,
             according as he pleased and displeased them. --Shak.
             Malcolm. What is the newest grief? Ros. That of an
             hour's age doth hiss the speaker.     --Shak.
    2. To utter with a hissing sound.
             The long-necked geese of the world that are ever
             hissing dispraise.                    --Tennyson.
  3. \Hiss\, n.
    1. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out
       the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token
       of disapprobation or contempt.
             ``Hiss'' implies audible friction of breath
             consonants.                           --H. Sweet.
             A dismal, universal hiss, the sound Of public scorn.
    2. Any sound resembling that above described; as:
       (a) The noise made by a serpent.
                 But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue.
       (b) The note of a goose when irritated.
       (c) The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow
           orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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."

Video Dictionary
 Definition: The most common audible noise component in audio recording, stemming from a combination of circuit and tape noise. Several noise reduction systems are available, such as Dolby, DBX, DNR (Dynamic Noise Reduction), DNL (Dynamic Noise Limiter), to help alleviate such problems
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