Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[animate] WHISTLE (PP NP2[animate]) NP1[animate] WHISTLE NP2
My grandfather always used to whistle songs off key while reading the paper.
The birds whistled to each other across the pond.
Havah whistled because she believed music could bring back the past.
Mrs. Doubletree whistled for the butler.
He whistled and sang 'till the green woods rang.
The Grinch whistled for his dog Max.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 6
Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[animate] WHISTLE (PP (NP2))
NOTE: Compare sentence 4 to sense 1 above. No intent to communicate or sing is present in the whistling activity.
The tea kettle will whistle when the water begins to boil.
The bullet whistled past John's ear.
The wind whistled through the dark trees.
Pappa would lay there at night snoring and whistling.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 5
Commentary: Includes: WHISTLE AWAY Syntax is: NP1[abstract] WHISTLE (AWAY) NP2[abstract]
NOTE: This is a metaphorical extention of senses 1 and 2.
Her optimism whistled away his worries.
The King Alfred's victory over the Danes whistled in a new era.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4