screeching


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screech

 (skrēch)
n.
1. A high-pitched, strident cry.
2. A sound suggestive of this cry: the screech of train brakes.
v. screeched, screech·ing, screech·es
v.tr.
To utter in a screech or high-pitched voice.
v.intr.
1. To cry out in a high-pitched, strident voice.
2. To make a sound suggestive of a screech: Tires screeched on the wet pavement.

[Alteration of obsolete scrich, from Middle English scrichen, to screech, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja.]

screech′er n.
screech′i·ness n.
screech′y adj.

screeching

(ˈskriːtʃɪŋ)
adj
1. producing a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched cry
2. producing a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.screeching - a high-pitched noise resembling a human cryscreeching - a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the brakes"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.screeching - sharp piercing cryscreeching - sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
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There was a tremendous snarling and spitting and screeching. The two animals threshed about, the lynx ripping and tearing with her claws and using her teeth as well, while the she-wolf used her teeth alone.
On those occasions the sense of superiority which the large bird feels every where over the small, warmed their cool blood, and set them screeching cheerfully in the stillness of the night.
The retreat, I maintained-- and I was right--was caused by the screeching of the steam-whistle.
The mottled, pin-headed guinea-hens, always resentful of captivity, ran screeching out into the tunnel and tried to poke their ugly, painted faces through the snow walls.
Their prodigious bounds and the shrill, screeching purr of their uncanny mouths were well calculated to confuse and terrorize their prey, so that as two of them leaped simultaneously from either side, the mighty sweep of those awful tails met with no resistance and two more green Martians went down to an ignoble death.
The pirate birds were screeching among the leaves of the palms.
The screeching from the village below grew louder and more hideous every minute.
A MAN has told of the moment he heard a car "screeching" outside his home seconds before a serious accident closed the A470 for six hours.
Local resident, Hanna Hathaway, heard the screeching of tyres and went out to see what was happening.
Ben Weasel, frontman of legendary punk band Screeching Weasel, said the band's upcoming Chicago concert date feels a bit more special than usual.
That horrible screeching that accompanies some Tubejourneys that sounds like nails scratching a blackboard but louder and much more common.
Kate Price, prosecuting, told Telford Magistrates Court: "At around 10.30pm to 10.45pm the neighbour heard a loud screeching sound and the defendant shout 'get back in your bed'.