bass roar, whooping scream

Stephen Schmidt

Senior Member
Arabic
Hi everyone,
Can you explain "<the wind> deepening to a bass roar, before glissading up to a whooping scream"?
From Stephen King's the Mist:

Then the wind came. It was as if the house had taken off like a 747. It was a high, breathless
whistling, sometimes deepening to a bass roar, before glissading up to a whooping scream
Thanks.
 
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    All the words are close to their dictionary meanings except "glissade" which in this case refers to "performing something like a glissando"
    glissando:
    performed with a gliding effect by sliding one or more fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano or strings of a harp.
    It became a low-pitched (bass) loud noise (roar) before gradually rising in pitch to a whooping (shouting) scream (cry (often high in pitch)).
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Bass describes a low note.
    Glissading describes the action of a sound that moves seamlessly from low to high or vice versa. (It means "sliding")
    A whoop is a sound like "Hooooo"
    A scream, hear describes figuratively the quality of the sound - somewhat discordant, loud and higher pitched.
     
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