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steam whistle

noun
  1. a type of whistle sounded by a blast of steam, as used formerly in factories, on locomotives, etc
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Examples from the Web for steam whistle

Historical Examples

  • Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • Yachting etiquette doesn't allow a steam-whistle to be sounded in salute.

  • In 1836 the steam-whistle had not yet been introduced on the boats of the western rivers.

  • And with a shriek from the steam-whistle the horses began to go around.

  • Have often heard siren song of steam-whistle in and about the Thames.