1. To utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do. "And dogs in corners set them down to howl." (Drayton) "Methought a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears." (Shak)

2. To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail. "Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand." (Is. Xiii. 6)

3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast. "Wild howled the wind." (Sir W. Scott) Howling monkey.

<zoology> See Howler. Howling wilderness, a wild, desolate place inhabited only by wild beasts.

Origin: OE. Houlen, hulen; akin to D. Huilen, MHG. Hiulen, hiuweln, OHG. Hiuwilon to exult, hwo owl, Dan. Hyle to howl.

(01 Mar 1998)

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