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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cry n.; pl. Cries
 1. A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals; as, the cry of hounds; the cry of wolves.
 2. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand.
    Again that cry was found to have been as unreasonable as ever.   --Macaulay.
 3. Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation.
    There shall be a great cry throughout all the land.   --Ex. xi. 6.
 An infant crying in the night,
 An infant crying for the light;
 And with no language but a cry.   --Tennyson.
 4. Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor.
    The cry went once on thee.   --Shak.
 5. Importunate supplication.
    O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls.   --Shak.
 6. Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares.
    The street cries of London.   --Mayhew.
 7. Common report; fame.
    The cry goes that you shall marry her.   --Shak.
 8. A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories.
    All now depends upon a good cry.   --Beaconsfield.
 9. A pack of hounds.
 A cry more tunable
 Was never hollaed to, nor cheered with horn.   --Shak.
 10. A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt.
    Would not this . . . get me a fellowship in a cry of players?   --Shak.
 11. The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent back and forth.
 A far cry, a long distance; -- in allusion to the sending of criers or messengers through the territory of a Scottish clan with an announcement or summons.