from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A high-pitched, strident cry.
- n. A sound suggestive of this cry: the screech of train brakes.
- transitive v. To utter in or as if in a screech.
- intransitive v. To cry out in a high-pitched, strident voice.
- intransitive v. To make a sound suggestive of a screech: Tires screeched on the wet pavement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A high-pitched strident or piercing sound, such as that between a moving object and any surface.
- n. A loud harsh sound resembling a human cry.
- n. Newfoundland rum.
- n. A form of home-made rye whiskey made from used oak rye barrels from a distillery.
- v. To make such a sound.
- v. to travel very fast, as if making the sounds of brakes being released
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek.
- n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cry out with a sharp, shrill voice; scream harshly or stridently; shriek.
- Synonyms See scream, n.
- To utter (a screech).
- n. A sharp, shrill cry; a harsh scream.
- n. Any sharp, shrill noise: as, the screech of a railway-whistle.
- n. In ornithology, the mistlethrush, Turdus viscivorus.
- n. Synonyms Shriek, etc. See scream.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter a harsh abrupt scream
- v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise
- n. a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
- n. sharp piercing cry
Alteration of obsolete scrich, from Middle English scrichen, to screech, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)