Part of speech: noun

A hissing sound.

Part of speech: verb

To move with a whistling sound, as a whip.

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Usage examples "swish":

  1. The wire was not cut, and there was a hammering of machine- guns and the swish of machine- gun bullets. - "From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917", Philip Gibbs.
  2. The reporter's acute ear caught a gliding in his direction, a slight swish of twigs; then all at once a shadow grew by his side and he felt the cold of a revolver barrel on his temple. - "The Secret of the Night", Gaston Leroux.
  3. They flew over my head in hundreds with a mighty swish of wings, and when they had arranged themselves comfortably, an intense hush fell upon the garden, and the house began to look like a Christmas card, with its white roof against the clear, pale green of the western sky, and lamplight shining in the windows. - "Elizabeth and her German Garden", "Elizabeth", AKA Marie Annette Beauchamp.