whispering

Whispering is what you do when you speak so softly that you can barely be heard. Most teachers have a rule that there's no whispering allowed while the class is taking a test.

Whispering involves using your breath, rather than your vocal cords, to speak very quietly. You might hear whispering in the quiet section of the library or during a play or movie — it's used for communicating secrets or simply to avoid bothering other people. The word can also be used as an adjective for sounds that resemble a whisper, like the whispering wind through the trees on a breezy day.

Definitions of whispering
  1. noun
    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    synonyms: susurration, voicelessness, whisper
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    types:
    stage whisper
    a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
    type of:
    speaking, speech production
    the utterance of intelligible speech
  2. noun
    a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
    synonyms: rustle, rustling, whisper
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  3. adjective
    making a low continuous indistinct sound
    synonyms: murmuring, susurrant
    soft
    (of sound) relatively low in volume
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