shrieking

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shriek \Shriek\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Shrieked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrieking}.] [OE. shriken, originallythe same word as E. screech. See {Screech}, and cf. {Screak}.] To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.

It was the owl that shrieked. --Shak.

At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train Echoed her grief. --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

shrieking

noun

1: sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors" [syn: {scream}, {screaming}, {shriek}, {shrieking}, {screech}, {screeching}]

2: a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the brakes" [syn: {screech}, {screeching}, {shriek}, {shrieking}, {scream}, {screaming}]


The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.



Saturday, March 28, 2015 3:58:01 AM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

DEFINE.COM_shrieking_2015-03-28_03-58-01_54-145-172-149