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To speak without phonation, as with an open posterior part of the glottis.
[A.S. hwisprian]
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(hwĭs′pĕr) [AS. hwisprian]
1. Speech with a low, soft voice; a low, sibilant sound.
2. To utter in a low sound.

cavernous whisper

Direct transmission of a whisper through a cavity in auscultation.
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And the proof of it was his earnest whisper, "The man told you he hardly dared to give the order."
Anna Mikhaylovna looked attentively at the sick man's eyes, trying to guess what he wanted; she pointed first to Pierre, then to some drink, then named Prince Vasili in an inquiring whisper, then pointed to the quilt.
He said, in a hoarse whisper, "Write me down the name of the church--there." He held out his open pocketbook to Amelia while he spoke.
She thought the voice familiar, but could not place it, though her heart whispered that it might belong to the young stranger of her dreams.
"What's `cutterigsloop'?" whispered Gub- Gub, turning to Jip.
After delivering himself thus in a stern whisper, strained almost to extinction, he drove on, ruminating solemnly.
She bent timidly around till her breath stirred his curls and whispered, "I -- love -- you!"
'Do you call THAT a whisper?' cried the poor King, jumping up and shaking himself.
'Slap through the town,' whispered Sikes; 'there'll be nobody in the way, to-night, to see us.'
So they passed to the bed beside the discontented bee, and here upon the softest down lay the dove, whose gentle eyes looked gratefully upon the Fairy, as she knelt beside the little couch, smoothed the soft white bosom, folded her arms about it and wept sorrowing tears, while the bird still whispered its gratitude and love.
She continued to look fixedly at the red embers; and from her lips that hardly moved came the quietest possible whisper: "Nothing would be easier than to die for you."
"Come here again in the morning," she whispered. "You will see then.