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Howl definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HOWL, v.i. [L. ululo.]
1. To cry as a dog or wolf; to utter a particular kind of loud, protracted and mournful sound. We say, the dog howls; the wolf howls. Hence,
2. To utter a loud, mournful sound, expressive of distress; to wail.
Howl lye, for the day of the Lord is at hand. Isaiah 13.
Ye rich men, weep and howl. James 5.
3. To roar; as a tempest.
HOWL, v.t. To utter or speak with outcry.
Go--howl it out in deserts.
HOWL, n. The cry of a dog or wolf, or other like sound.
1. The cry of a human being in horror or anguish.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a long loud emotional utterance; "he gave a howl of pain"; "howls of laughter"; "their howling had no effect" [syn: howl, howling, ululation]
2: the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
3: a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound; "the howl of the wind made him restless" v
1: emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow" [syn: howl, ululate, wail, roar, yawl, yaup]
2: cry loudly, as of animals; "The coyotes were howling in the desert" [syn: howl, wrawl, yammer, yowl]
3: make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles; "The wind was howling in the trees"; "The water roared down the chute" [syn: roar, howl]
4: laugh unrestrainedly and heartily [syn: roar, howl]

Merriam Webster's

verb Etymology: Middle English houlen; akin to Middle High German hiulen to howl Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to emit a loud sustained doleful sound characteristic of members of the dog family 2. to cry out loudly and without restraint under strong impulse (as pain, grief, or amusement) 3. to go on a spree or rampage transitive verb 1. to utter with unrestrained outcry 2. to drown out or cause to fail by adverse outcry used especially with down howl noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a long loud doleful cry uttered by a dog, wolf, etc. 2 a prolonged wailing noise, e.g. as made by a strong wind. 3 a loud cry of pain or rage. 4 a yell of derision or merriment. 5 Electronics a howling noise in a loudspeaker due to electrical or acoustic feedback. --v. 1 intr. make a howl. 2 intr. weep loudly. 3 tr. utter (words) with a howl. Phrases and idioms: howl down prevent (a speaker) from being heard by howls of derision. Etymology: ME houle (v.), prob. imit.: cf. OWL

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Howl Howl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Howled; p. pr. & vb. n. Howling.] [OE. houlen, hulen; akin to D. huilen, MHG. hiulen, hiuweln, OHG. hiuwil[=o]n to exult, h?wo owl, Dan. hyle to howl.] 1. To utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do. And dogs in corners set them down to howl. --Drayton. Methought a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears. --Shak. 2. To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail. Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand. --Is. xiii. 6. 3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast. Wild howled the wind. --Sir W. Scott. Howling monkey. (Zo["o]l.) See Howler, 2. Howling wilderness, a wild, desolate place inhabited only by wild beasts. --Deut. xxxii. 10.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Howl Howl, v. t. To utter with outcry. ``Go . . . howl it out in deserts.'' --Philips.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Howl Howl, n. 1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound. 2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(howls, howling, howled) 1. If an animal such as a wolf or a dog howls, it makes a long, loud, crying sound. Somewhere in the streets beyond a dog suddenly howled, baying at the moon. VERB: V Howl is also a noun. The dog let out a savage howl and, wheeling round, flew at him. N-COUNT 2. If a person howls, they make a long, loud cry expressing pain, anger, or unhappiness. He howled like a wounded animal as blood spurted from the gash... VERB: V Howl is also a noun. With a howl of rage, he grabbed the neck of a broken bottle and advanced. N-COUNT 3. When the wind howls, it blows hard and makes a loud noise. The wind howled all night, but I slept a little... It sank in a howling gale. VERB: V, V-ing 4. If you howl something, you say it in a very loud voice. (INFORMAL) 'Get away, get away, get away' he howled... The crowd howled its approval. VERB: V with quote, V n 5. If you howl with laughter, you laugh very loudly. Joe, Pink, and Booker howled with delight... The crowd howled, delirious. VERB: V with n, V Howl is also a noun. His stories caused howls of laughter. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Cry (as of a dog), yell. II. v. n. 1. Cry (as a dog), yell. 2. Wail, lament. 3. Roar (said of wind).

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