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  Dictionary Definition of howl

howl
verb (i)
1. to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
2. to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail.
3. to make a sound like an animal howling: the wind is howling.
-- verb (t)
4. to utter with howls.
-- noun
5. the cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
6. a cry or wail, as of pain or rage.
7. a sound like wailing: the howl of the wind.
8. a loud scornful laugh or yell.
-- phrase
9. howl down, to drive or force by howls.
[ME houle. Cf. G heulen; imitative]