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hiss

Electronics receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc.

Hiss

Alger. 1904--96, US government official: imprisoned (1950--54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities

hiss

[his]
(communications)
Random noise in the audio-frequency range, similar to prolonged sibilant sounds.
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And so Olson's remark helped to clear the atmosphere for the Allies at least, and then our attention was once more directed toward the river, for around us there had sprung up a perfect bedlam of screams and hisses and a seething caldron of hideous reptiles, devoid of fear and filled only with hunger and with rage.
There were hisses from the crowd and cries of protest, but that was all.
So great envy had this sack occasioned, that when Mr Allworthy and the other gentry were gone from church, the rage, which had hitherto been confined, burst into an uproar; and, having vented itself at first in opprobrious words, laughs, hisses, and gestures, betook itself at last to certain missile weapons; which, though from their plastic nature they threatened neither the loss of life or of limb, were however sufficiently dreadful to a well-dressed lady.
He went out into the street, so surrounded and hemmed in on every side by soldiers, that he could see nothing; but he knew there was a great crowd of people, by the murmur; and that they were not friendly to the soldiers, was soon rendered evident by their yells and hisses.
There were some groans and hisses, but the general sense of honour was much too strong for the condemnation of a man unheard.