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steam whistle

a type of whistle sounded by a blast of steam, as used formerly in factories, on locomotives, etc
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  • The noise of a steam whistle was especially obnoxious to them.

  • The retreat, I maintained—and I was right—was caused by the screeching of the steam whistle.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • The harsh scream of a steam whistle was heard, and a train of cars thundered up to the platform.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • Almost at that minute a steam whistle sounded in the woods below us.

    With Fire and Sword Samuel H. M. Byers
  • After the steam whistle bad blown the breakfast call, Reade slipped away from his friends to inspect the laborers at the meal.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock
  • If there had been a steam whistle it would have sounded a good deal like a locomotive.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • It tore itself to pieces with roaring and grinding and noises that were like the shrieks of a steam whistle.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • The sailors were clearing the decks above me; at intervals the steam whistle sounded; we were preparing to get under way.

  • A thick mist lay over them, and from the heart of it there came the sudden scream of a steam whistle.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • With one hand I felt above my head for the line of the steam whistle, and jerked out screech after screech hurriedly.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

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