Screech v. i. [imp. & p. p. Screeched p. pr. & vb. n. Screeching.] To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek. “The screech owl, screeching loud.”
Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream.
Screech bird, or Screech thrush Zool., the fieldfare; -- so called from its harsh cry before rain.
Screech hawk Zool., the European goatsucker; -- so called from its note. [Prov. Eng.]
Screech owl. Zool. (a) A small American owl (Scops asio), either gray or reddish in color. (b) The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other species.
n 1: a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at
the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the
brakes" [syn: screeching, shriek, shrieking, scream,
2: sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
[syn: scream, screaming, shriek, shrieking, screeching]
v 1: make a high-pitched, screeching noise; "The door creaked
when I opened it slowly" [syn: squeak, creak, screak,
2: utter a harsh abrupt scream [syn: squawk, screak, skreak,