Definition for wolves (2 of 2)
noun, plural wolves [woo lvz] /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)
Origin of wolf
Examples from the Web for wolves
Smith, the current police chief, called Lee a “scapegoat” who was “thrown to the wolves” to satisfy political critics.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon|Chris Francescani|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Raised by Wolves” tells the story of a traumatic car-bombing in Dublin.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat|Hampton Stevens|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so it is Asian British women who are flung to the wolves.
“The dynamic of pushing people further into these wilderness areas is almost like putting out meat for the wolves,” she says.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis|Caitlin Dickson|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I did once see a pack of wolves try to bring down a bison at decade or so ago.
There were two wolves wounded by Ouligbuck's gun last night, one of which he caught before breakfast.
The wolves, the ravens, and the Indians were brothers in blood, and all followed the buffalo herds together.John Ermine of the Yellowstone|Frederic Remington
She cannot tell who may come, and some men, as we know, are but wolves in sheep's clothing.The Soul of a People|H. Fielding
The wolves in the valley near-by howled ceaseless responses in this remarkable antiphonal chorus.The Awakening of the Desert|Julius C. Birge
As they looked the last of the wolves disappeared in the forest.The Wolf Hunters|James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for wolves (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for wolves (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for wolves (3 of 3)
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)
Word Origin for wolf
Idioms and Phrases with wolves
In addition to the idiom beginning with wolf
- wolf in sheep's clothing
- cry wolf
- keep the wolf from the door
- lone wolf