• Screech-owl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n screeching sharp piercing cry "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
    • n screeching a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry "he ducked at the screechings of shells","he heard the scream of the brakes"
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In literature:

I get up at the screech of dawn.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
Joe Screech had not learned this, and he jeered at Wood for halting at the thicket.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly
Then Kagax sat up straight among the dead babies and screeched in her face.
"Wilderness Ways" by William J Long
Then came more screeches, and a shell exploded over the highroad, knocking a gunner lifeless from his carriage.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
The conversation was interrupted by the screeching of a cockatoo on a stand in the back of the cabin.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
They gape round him while he twangs and screeches, the wind-bag!
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The girls would screech out, declaring that, as she pressed the handkerchief, they were dreadfully squeezed.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Stick in another, and see if she screeches louder.
"Giles Corey, Yeoman" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Tom jammed on the brakes, and the silver sports car screeched to a stop.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
Their screeching is often heard in this district, quite as often as it is in country woodlands.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

Pride indeed will sometimes aim
At the finer speech,
But the best that he can frame
Is a peacock-screech.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
But when I lie awake at night
And think about Aunt Jane,
I long to make her yell with fright
And screech with fearful pain.
"A Little Boys Ideas" by John Joy Bell
But the Capting's gaze was over the haze
And never a word spoke he,
And never a speech and never a screech,
And never a word to me.
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin
“Which way did it go?” “Why methought to the beach.”
Then off went Waldemar bounding;
A few minutes after, they heard a faint screech,
And the horn of the hunter resounding.
"Waldemar’s Chase" by George Borrow
And as she sat there the big waves did loudly roar,
When a man cried, Help! help! there's a corpse washed ashore;
Then Annie rushed madly to the little beach,
And when she saw the corpse she gave a loud screech
"Annie Marshall the Foundling" by William Topaz McGonagall
And women and children rushed to the deck in wild despair,
And, paralyeed with terror, many women tore theu hair;
And some prayed to God for help, and wildly did screech,
But, alas! poor souls, help was not within their reach.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

With a splash instead of a screech, Redbird subway car No 7835 made its last stop today.
Blogging about the Burton US Open at Stratton Mountain Resort in southern Vermont almost came to a screeching halt for the night.
Gas prices screech to a halt.
Silent Screech of the Tarsier.
After an altercation during last week's SXSW, Chicago-based Screeching Weasel has disbanded and released an apology for the actions associated with the group.
INTERVIEWS Screeching Weasel Members Quit After Violent SXSW.
Screeching Weasel's Ben "Weasel" Foster (Getty).
Screeching Weasel Disbands After Singer's SXSW Outburst.
Phil Davison, Local GOP Candidate in Ohio, Gives Screeching Stump Speech .
Former WWE star's reign as UFC heavyweight champ comes to screeching halt.
'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' movie review: Witless , whirlwind film, third in the series, screeches into IMAX theaters Wednesday.
In this Nov 15, 2012 photo, seagulls screech on the boardwalk in Ocean Grove, N.J.
Bollywood came to a screeching halt over the weekend following the death of Bal Thackeray, the founder and leader of the movement known as Shiv Sena (Shiva's Army).
From state maps to screeching dragons, this artwork is outrageous enough to capture the attention of fans no matter how close the game is.
He just made it through with inches to spare, with train horn blaring and brakes screeching.