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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɔɹbl̩/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɔːbl̩/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)bəl
- (transitive) To modulate a tone's frequency.
- (transitive) To sing like a bird, especially with trills.
- a. 1722, Matthew Prior, “Non Pareil”, in H. Bunker Wright, Monroe K. Spears, editors, The Literary Works of Matthew Prior, Second edition, volume I, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1971, page 683:
- Her voice more sweet than warbling sound,
Tho’ sung by nightingale or lark,
Her eyes such lustre dart around,
Compar’d to them the sun is dark.
- (transitive) To cause to quaver or vibrate.
- (intransitive) To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously.
- 1714, J[ohn] Gay, “Wednesday; or, The Dumps”, in The Shepherd’s Week. In Six Pastorals, London: […] R. Burleigh […], →OCLC, page 21:
- The wailings of a maiden I recite, / A maiden fair, that Sparabella hight. / Such ſtrains ne'er warble in the linnet's throat, / Nor the gay goldfinch chaunts ſo ſweet a note, [...]
- (to modulate a tone's frequency): trill
to modulate a tone's frequency
to sing like a bird, especially with trills
- The sound of one who warbles; singing with trills or modulations.
- (military) In naval mine warfare, the process of varying the frequency of sound produced by a narrowband noisemaker to ensure that the frequency to which the mine will respond is covered.
warble (plural warbles)
- A lesion under the skin of cattle, caused by the larva of a bot fly of genus Hypoderma.
- A small hard swelling on a horse's back, caused by the galling of the saddle.
lesion under the skin of cattle, caused by by the larva of a bot fly