squeal

Definitions

  • "One pig went squealing down the road."
    "One pig went squealing down the road."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squeal confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
    • v squeal utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs
    • n squeal a high-pitched howl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An average pig squeals at a range from 100 to 115 decibels.
    • n Squeal A shrill, sharp, somewhat prolonged cry.
    • Squeal To cry with a sharp, shrill, prolonged sound, as certain animals do, indicating want, displeasure, or pain.
    • Squeal To turn informer; to betray a secret.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • squeal To utter a sharp, shrill cry, or a succession of such cries, as expressive of pain, fear, anger, impatience, eagerness, or the like.
    • squeal To turn informer; peach; “squeak.”
    • n squeal A shrill, sharp cry, more or less prolonged.
    • squeal Infirm; weak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squeal skwēl to utter a shrill and prolonged sound: to turn informer
    • n Squeal a shrill loud cry
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. sqväla, Norw. skvella,. Cf. Squeak Squall

Usage

In literature:

One night the household was awakened by the most violent and persistent squealing of a pig.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
But, if you lose, the only part of the hog which you can deliver is the squeal.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
The attorney shrank back, squealing like a rabbit.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Out of the mango-tree a black, writhing mass crept toward the terrified squealing boar.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
The unicorn squealed in fury and struck the hunter, catching him on its horn and hurling him thirty feet.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
Presently a rat squealed somewhere along the gallery, and a voice called out sharply within.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Never knew a fellow to put up such a squeal over a little money.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
They shared too many secrets in common for Nell to squeal.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
Behind him there were two ladylike squeals.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Only I weakened with your squeal about the country.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

She left them wondering what to do,
But not a doubt had she.
Swifter than her own squeal she flew
Across the Glassy Sea;
"Dinah in Heaven" by Rudyard Kipling
Stupid people boom or squeal
Lessons drawn from daily strife;
“Time,” they cry, “is on the wheel;
Death puts out the gas of life.
"Lali" by John Le Gay Brereton
An' they danced aboot him an' lap like mad,
Wi' mony a jump an' squeal,
Cryin', "Speed to the elbow o' him whase greed
Mak's him fiddle to the deil."
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
Roll your hands in the honey of life,
Kneel to your white-necked strumpets!
You came to your crowns with a squealing fife
But I shall go out with trumpets!
"The Retort Discourteous" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The elder of the brothers gave a squeal,
All-overish it made me for to feel;
"Oh, PRINCE," he says, says he,
"IF A PRINCE INDEED YOU BE,
I've a mystery I'm going to reveal!
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The maids gave a squeal could be heard half a mile
And straight locked the doors on the crew, Sir;
And so to our pleasures they left us a while.
It's little that women can do, Sir!
"The Christening" by John Jay Chapman

In news:

Northwest states ask public to ' squeal ' on feral pigs.
Northwest States Ask Public To ' Squeal ' On Feral Pigs.
Wine & Swine Delivers a Squealing Good Time.
Top 10 things that weren't at Squealing on the Square but should have been.
There were plenty of squeals and screams from the girls in the crowd of a little over 2,100 at the New York State Fair Grandstand Thursday night when the five young men in The Wanted took the stage.
Wall St reform critics ' squealing pigs'.
All six pretty much just stood there, posing for photos and basking in the squeals of love for a few minutes.
At One Direction Pop-Up Store, Swoons, Squeals and Steals.
Olivia was out of her comfort zone and squealed until she was put back in her cage.
Kids are zipping past, squealing with excitement.
LONDON – The squeals have been growing inside gymnastics arenas throughout the summer.
With the premiere of Girl vs Monster tonight, we could just squeal with anticipation.
In the first song, In Tents promises that it's "guaranteed to make you laugh and squeal," and lives up to its word.
Baby Zoey squeals and bounces in her stroller as 8-year-old Trystan plays her toy guitar.
Henderson Elementary School behind them, but a bunch of squealing and laughing fifth graders are rolling over and over down a hill.
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In science:

This is an old-conjecture due to Tait in the squeal of efforts in settling the four-color conjecture at the end of the 19th century.
Spiral Chains: The Proofs of Tait's and Tutte's Three-Edge-Coloring Conjectures
This is an oldconjecture due to Tait in the squeal of efforts in settling the four-color conjecture at the end of the 19th century.
Spiral Chains: The Proofs of Tait's and Tutte's Three-Edge-Coloring Conjectures
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