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Hiss appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Slinking, sliding, slithering slyly,
    Swiftly slipping through the grasses shyly,
    Silent but for swish and hiss
    Is the sinuous snake's leglessness.
    (by Mark Scrivener)

Hiss appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Stark narcissi history rots," I hiss, "I crank rats."
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The word hiss is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hiss

What does hiss mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hisses

  1. a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
  2. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

Definition of the verb hiss

What does hiss mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: hissed | hissing | hisses

  1. make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
  2. move with a whooshing sound
  3. express or utter with a hiss
  4. show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of hiss: boo
    • more generic word: condemn = declare or judge unfit for use or habitation

Alternative definition of the verb hiss


  1. To make a hissing sound.


Hiss is a musical group.


  1. "Hiss" is a musical album of Ten Benson.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  2. "Hiss" is a 2006 album by Reza Yazdani.
    • released in (9 years ago)


"Hiss" is a written work.


  1. Hiss: Electromagnetic hiss is a naturally occurring Extremely Low Frequency/Very Low Frequency electromagnetic wave that is generated in the plasma of either the Earth's ionosphere or magnetosphere. Its name is derived from its incoherent, structureless spectral properties which, when played through an audio system, sound like white noise.
  2. hisS is a gene.
  3. hisS is a genomic locus.
  4. Hiss is a family name.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Hiss

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Google previewThe Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles (2012)

An Introduction by John L. Cloudsley-Thompson

A sudden hiss is a startling sound at any time, but when a grass snake (Natrix natrix) (Colubridae) hisses, is it mimicking an adder (Vipera berus) (Viperidae) or is the...

Google previewSpace Weather Fundamentals (2016)

by George V. Khazanov

Plasmaspheric hiss is an electromagnetic plasma wave that propagates in the whistler mode regime (Thorne et al., 1973).

The importance of plasmaspheric hiss is that it plays a key role in controlling the dynamics of the radiation belts and ...

Google previewAdvanced Geotechnical Engineering (2013)

Soil-Structure Interaction using Computer and Material Models by Chandrakant S. Desai, Musharraf Zaman

DSC/HISS is a general approach that contains a number of available models [ e.g., linear and nonlinear elastic, conventional plasticity, continuous yield plasticity (e.g., critical state and cap), HISS plasticity, and creep]. DSC/HISS also allows ...

Google previewIssues in Critical and Emergency Medicine: 2012 Edition (2013)

HISS is a useful instrument to predict the opportunity of RTW while restricted to the compensated patients,” wrote Y.Y. Lee and colleagues, National Taiwan University. The researchers concluded: “We also verified that the relationship between ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Cold War (2013)

by Ruud van Dijk, William Glenn Gray, Svetlana Savranskaya, Jeremi Suri, Qiang Zhai

September 2, 1939, meeting between Chambers and Assistant Secretary of State Adolf Berle in which Chambers claimed that there were government officials, such as Alger Hiss, who were part of a clandestineCommunist unit.The FBIbecame ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2013)

by Paul Finkelman

Alger Hiss was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 11, 1904. Articulate, intelligent, and wellbred, Hiss became the celebrated target of the House Un- American Activities Committee (HUAC) in well-publicized hearings regarding ...

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Usage statistics about hiss

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hiss:


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Hiss Meaning

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Quotes about Hiss

Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing. (Aesop)
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Scrabble value of H4I1S1S1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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