hiss

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Related to hissed: in favor of, take apart

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.
References in classic literature ?
The fire hissed in the waves; the same instant the ship shot by the bubble the sinking pipe made.
The coal slipped after her, hissed when she got into the water, and breathed her last.
Before we knew very well what was coming all the sails we had set had burst; the furled ones were blowing loose, ropes flying, sea hissing - it hissed tremendously - wind howling, and the ship lying on her side, so that half of the crew were swimming and the other half clawing desperately at whatever came to hand, according to the side of the deck each man had been caught on by the catastrophe, either to leeward or to windward.