shrillness


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shrill

 (shrĭl)
adj. shrill·er, shrill·est
1. High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound: the shrill wail of a siren.
2. Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound: a shrill fife.
3. Sharp or keen to the senses; harshly vivid: shrill colors.
v. shrilled, shrill·ing, shrills
v.tr.
To utter in a shrill manner; scream.
v.intr.
To produce a shrill cry or sound.

[Middle English shrille.]

shrill′ness n.
shril′ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shrillness - the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses; "the shrillness of her hair color"
interestingness, interest - the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.); "they said nothing of great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room"
2.shrillness - having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
timbre, tone, quality, timber - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
Translations
حِدَّة الصَّوْت
pronikavost
skingerhed
metszõ
skerandi tónn
tizlik

shrillness

[ˈʃrɪlnɪs] N [of voice] → lo chillón, lo agudo; [of sound] → estridencia f, lo agudo

shrillness

nSchrillheit f

shrillness

[ˈʃrɪlnɪs] n (of laugh, voice) → suono stridulo

shrill

(ʃril) adjective
high-pitched and piercing. the shrill cry of a child.
ˈshrilly adverb
ˈshrillness noun
References in classic literature ?
Just as Sophia arrived at the conclusion of her story, there arrived in the room where the two ladies were sitting a noise, not unlike, in loudness, to that of a pack of hounds just let out from their kennel; nor, in shrillness, to cats, when caterwauling; or to screech owls; or, indeed, more like (for what animal can resemble a human voice?
Nobody accepting the challenge, and his pipe being by this time smoked out, he proceeded to amuse himself by sketching a ground-plan of Newgate on the table with the piece of chalk which had served him in lieu of counters; whistling, meantime, with peculiar shrillness.
Again the horrid cry of the stricken beast reverberated through the rocky tunnel, shocking in its torture-laden shrillness, deafening in its terrific volume.
A second cry arose, piercing the silence with needle-like shrillness.
After listening for a few moments, they could clearly hear, above the roar and tumult out of doors, this shout repeated; and that with a shrillness and energy, which denoted that it came from some person in great distress or terror.
All at once we heard the crow of the cock coming up with preternatural shrillness through the clear morning air.
replied the voice, with great shrillness and rapidity of utterance.
Don't talk to me of being doomed to undergo, Miss Nickleby, if you please,' said Mrs Wititterly, with a shrillness of tone quite surprising in so great an invalid.
Instantly, in the emptiness of the landscape, a cry arose whose shrillness pierced the still air like a sharp arrow flying straight to the very heart of the land; and, as if by enchantment, streams of human beings--of naked human beings--with spears in their hands, with bows, with shields, with wild glances and savage move- ments, were poured into the clearing by the dark-faced and pensive forest.
They were startled to hear him speak in quite a new voice, with a Yankee shrillness in it; all his grandeur and good English had fallen from him like a cloak.
I heard the key worked violently in the lock--I heard a man's voice behind the door, raised to a dreadful shrillness, screaming for help.
At a pre-arranged meeting with the journalists on a cold morning, she tried to tone down the shrillness prevalent in US-Pakistan relations by speaking in a gentle tone about the long and shared history of the two states.