noun, plural wolves [woolvz]. /wʊlvz/.
- the harsh discord heard in certain chords of keyboard instruments, especially the organ, when tuned on some system of unequal temperament.
- a chord or interval in which such a discord appears.
- (in bowed instruments) a discordant or false vibration in a string due to a defect in structure or adjustment of the instrument.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for wolf
Origin of wolf
OTHER WORDS FROM wolfwolflike, adjective
Words nearby wolf
Definition for wolf (2 of 2)
How to use wolf in a sentence
After Murphy sent the HTA around to top officials like Wolf and Cuccinelli, he was told shortly afterward that “further distribution of the HTA was prohibited” because of concerns those two men had.
Wolf apparently looked to bar Murphy from future meetings on the subject, and the notification was completed without Murphy’s input.
Cooling to near-death temperatures lets the hummingbirds save precious energy, allowing them to survive the cold night and gear up to feed the next day, Wolf says.
Torpor had been observed before in hummingbirds, but Wolf and his colleagues wanted a more detailed picture.
Competitive eaters scarf food at a rate that bests that of grizzly bears and coyotes, Smoliga finds, although wolves lead the pack.When it comes to downing hot dogs, science says there’s a limit|Jonathan Lambert|August 7, 2020|Science News For Students
It reminded me a bit of an alternative take on The Wolf of Wall Street—through the Toni and Candace lens.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“During this trip, I did as a lone wolf, I risked a lot,” he said.
His later books drew heavily from experiences and people he encountered at the bar, including the cruel captain in The Sea-Wolf.
The Wolf of Wall Street is a dangerous, incendiary work of art.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wolf concurs that the conceit of the show seems to have everyone but the sex worker in mind.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He heard Mohammedans alluding to a Brahmin as a leader—so might a wolf and a snake make common alliance against a watch dog.
A few years before, he would have gone home, no more disquieted at having killed an Indian than if he had killed a fox or a wolf.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
It was a hard struggle; for the wolf pulled poor Amy one way, and Alan pulled her the other; but at length Alan won the day.
The affair of the wolf having passed off so well, Alan began to bethink himself of other adventures.
“He hath told us already, Princess,” said the other, his harsh accents sounding more like the snarl of a wolf than a human voice.
British Dictionary definitions for wolf (1 of 2)
noun plural wolves (wʊlvz)
- an unpleasant sound produced in some notes played on the violin, cello, etc, owing to resonant vibrations of the belly
- an out-of-tune effect produced on keyboard instruments accommodated esp to the system of mean-tone temperamentSee temperament (def. 4)
Derived forms of wolfwolfish, adjectivewolflike, adjective
Word Origin for wolf
British Dictionary definitions for wolf (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with wolf
In addition to the idiom beginning with wolf
- wolf in sheep's clothing
- cry wolf
- keep the wolf from the door
- lone wolf