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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Wheeze \Wheeze\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wheezed; p. pr. & vb. n. Wheezing.] [OE. whesen, AS. hw[=e]san (cf. Icel. hv[ae]sa to hiss, Sw. hv["a]sa, Dan. hv[ae]se); akin to AS. hw[=o]sta a cough, D. hoest, G. husten, OHG. huosto, Icel. h[=o]sti, Lith. kosti to cough, Skr. k[=a]s. [root]43. Cf. Husky hoarse.] To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthm
Wheeze \Wheeze\, n.
A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
(Phon.) An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the ``stage whisper.'' It is a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-15c., probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse hvoesa "to hiss," Danish hvæse cognate with Old English hwæst "act of blowing," hwosan "to cough," from an imitative root. Related: Wheezed; wheezing. The noun is first recorded 1834.
n. 1 A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration. 2 An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone. 3 (context British slang English) An ulterior scheme or plan 4 (context slang English) Something very humorous or laughable. vb. To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthm
n. breathing with a husky or whistling sound
(Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick; "a clever wheeze probably succeeded in neutralizing the German espionage threat"
v. breathe with difficulty
A wheeze (formally called "sibilant rhonchi" in medical terminology) is a continuous, coarse, whistling sound produced in the respiratory airways during breathing. For wheezes to occur, some part of the respiratory tree must be narrowed or obstructed, or airflow velocity within the respiratory tree must be heightened. Wheezing is commonly experienced by persons with a lung disease; the most common cause of recurrent wheezing is asthma attacks, though it can also be a symptom of lung cancer.
The differential diagnosis of wheezing is wide, and the reason for wheezing in a given patient is determined by considering the characteristics of the wheezes and the historical and clinical findings made by the examining physician.
Usage examples of "wheeze".
Mute and appalled, he moved aside for her, and she wheezed and entered the shadow.
Harry Baldachin wheezed and peered out from under his thickening orbital ridges.
In alcoves beflowered girls offered synthetic love to wheezing old men, and elsewhere others lay stupefied by dream-powders.
Their wheezing breath was loud in the shuttered quiet of the street, but he could hear the snarling brabble of voices not far off and the thudding sound of feet.
And they turned with sly, buckish grins to glance at Whitney, whose face now matched the wheezing red coals in the hearth beside her.
The wheezing was still present, but the height of his house in Petra camp had meant some relief from the chaffy dust.
As he wheezed with laughter at his own joke, the young girl with him wished he would just crash and burn so she could go home and have a cuppa and a ham sandwich like normal people.
Strung out on his flanks and to his rear was what was left of his commandall the horses as done-in as his own, the men gasping and wheezing, many of them bleeding as well, their swords dull and edgeless, their pistols and powder flasks empty.
With the first look of apprehension and the first wheeze, she pounced with the ephedrine or the isoprenaline, summoned one of the professors, and had the sufferer nicely propped up in a chair by the time someone arrived, ready to be talked out of further wheezes, and if that were not possible, ready for whatever treatment was ordered.
They were trapped here, flat on the floor, inhaling plaster dust with a gasp, exhaling it with a wheeze, without options, without hope.
The wheezing, eerily sibilant emissions of the flimmers did much to inspire his efforts.
Hal Samdu, cool, composed Jay Kalam, wheezing, groaning Giles Habibula.
He was shaking, his breathing a tortured, hyperextended wheeze, spittle flying from his mouth, lips stretched in an insane grimace with the strain of the effort.
Before they reached the gorge at the end of the valley, Juba was wheezing and staggering, all her rolls of shining fat wobbling at each heavy pace, and she was seeing patches of darkness before her eyes.
Actually, old Loopy might have been on to something with this BacoFoil wheeze of his, because the ringing in his head seemed to diminish instantly.