Shriek v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shrieked p. pr. & vb. n. Shrieking.] To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.
It was the owl that shrieked. --Shak.
At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train
Echoed her grief. --Dryden.
adj : loud and sustained; shrill and piercing; "hordes of
screaming fans"; "a screaming jet plane"; "a screaming
fury of sound"; "a screeching parrot"; "screeching
brakes"; "a horde of shrieking fans"; "shrieking winds"
[syn: screaming(a), screeching(a), shrieking(a)]
n 1: sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
[syn: scream, screaming, shriek, screech, screeching]
2: a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at
the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the
brakes" [syn: screech, screeching, shriek, scream,