warble

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warble (third-person singular simple present warbles, present participle warbling, simple past and past participle warbled)

  1. (transitive) To modulate a tone's frequency.
  2. (transitive) To sing like a bird, especially with trills.
  3. (transitive) To cause to quaver or vibrate.
    • Milton
      touch the warbled string
  4. (intransitive) To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Gay
      Such strains ne'er warble in the linnet's throat.
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  • (to modulate a tone's frequency): trill

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warble (plural warbles)

  1. (military) In naval mine warfare, the process of varying the frequency of sound produced by a narrow band noisemaker to ensure that the frequency to which the mine will respond is covered.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English werble, (at least for the noun) from Frankish werbel (mole cricket), cognate to Walloon waerbea.

Noun[edit]

warble (plural warbles)

  1. A lesion under the skin of cattle, caused by the larva of a bot fly of genus Hypoderma.

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