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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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Not only could any of them easily outdistance the U-33, but the further upstream we progressed the greater the number of our besiegers, until fearful of navigating a strange river at high speed, I gave orders to reduce and moved slowly and majestically through the plunging, hissing mass.
At that moment (it was seventeen minutes past one in the morning) Lieutenant Bronsfield was preparing to leave the watch and return to his cabin, when his attention was attracted by a distant hissing noise.
But, in reality, we are not so fond of paying compliments to these people, whom we use as children frequently do the instruments of their amusement; and have much more pleasure in hissing and buffeting them, than in admiring their excellence.
This continued for a few minutes until this final standoff photo resulted without any hissing or foul smell.
An Airbus A321 operated by Italian airline Alitalia was forced to land at Milan's Malpensa airport on 15 March due to a hissing door.
Last spring, Christian, a fifth-grader, shared a locked box with more than 10,000 Madagascar hissing cock-roaches, Gromphadorhina portentosa (GRAHM-fuh-doe-RHEEN-ah POR-ten-TO-sah), on NBC's Fear Factor.
She described it as a hissing sound in the left ear and/or on the left side of her head.
Ecolab, a national pest elimination firm not only had a catalogue of dead pests like termites, ants and moths on display, the company also had some that were alive and kicking, or in this case, hissing.
I recall attending his compellingly subversive lectures at the Cambridge School of Architecture in the 1960s where, in his mannered, hissing voice, he described Michelangelo's Laurentian Library vestibule as boasting 'a staircase which impedes assent'.
When a salesclerk at the local mall offers him cash to get back at a rude customer, he takes it eagerly, follows the woman into the parking lot, and intimidates her by hissing "caveat emptor" at her.
The Fairy Queen Titania, jumping and hissing catlike, represents pure instinct; she can transform herself and assume her beloved's nature.
The youngsters, at Bishop Wulstan School in Oak Street, took a close look at live, hissing cockroaches from Madagascar on South Africa's east coast, as part of their studies on invertebrates.