strident

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj strident unpleasantly loud and harsh
    • adj strident being sharply insistent on being heard "strident demands","shrill criticism"
    • adj strident of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
    • adj strident conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry "blatant radios","a clamorous uproar","strident demands","a vociferous mob"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Strident Characterized by harshness; grating; shrill. "A strident voice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • strident Creaking; harsh; grating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Strident strī′dent creaking, grating, harsh
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stridens, -entis, p. pr. of stridere, to make a grating or creaking noise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stridens, -entis, pr.p. of stridēre, to creak.

Usage

In literature:

Few bear that strident din undismayed.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
And, all at once, there came a shrill, strident whistle, apparently from the very place where the shadow had vanished.
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
There was a strident yell.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
She called out in a strident voice to the soldiers about her dwelling.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
There were voices, strident and guttural, and then by some magic the veil was lifted.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Then he gave vent to a strident hiss of warning.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Let your words be strident and rasping in their ears.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
She had made pathetic efforts to remain cheerful and not to listen to Klara's strident voice and loud, continuous laughter.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The voice, in its strident passion, rose again.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
There was strident argument.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
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In poetry:

Deafened with tumults,
How canst thou hearken?
Strident is faction,
Demos is loud.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Don’t cry, seas and trees and winds,
Ancient chorus of strident voices
Chanting ageless, mournful verses
Like a dirge of mortuary worms. . .
"Redemption" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
His messengers: They bear the deadly taint
On spangled wings aloft and far away,
Making thin music, strident and yet faint,
From golden eve to silver break of day.
"Malaria" by Laurence Hope
From out the hills where twilight stands,
Above the shadowy pasture lands,
With strained and strident cry,
Beneath pale skies that sunset bands,
The bull-bats fly.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
That, breathing deep, I may feel the sweep
Of the wind and the driving rain.
For so I know that my heart will leap
To meet the call of the strident deep,
And will thrill to life again.
"Landbound" by DuBose Heyward
Lastly come valiant Singers three;
To whom this strident Day belongs:
Kipling, to whom I bow the knee,
Masefield, with rugged sailor songs. . . .
And to my lyric troupe I add
With greatful heart - The Shropshire Lad.
"Bookshelf" by Robert W Service

In news:

You might have noticed that things are getting a little strident out in the real world.
Judging from her congressional testimony, Elaine Donnelly may be the most strident civilian opponent of lifting "don't ask, don't tell".
Partisans have a general habit of insisting that their side would do better if only their leaders would give more strident speeches.
A Piece of Work ," the famous, and famously strident, comedienne tells us: "When I am on stage, it is the only time I am truly happy".
Obama's campaign goes empty and strident .
DelBene, Koster fight in 1st District turns strident .
Strident Anti-Obama Messages Flood Key States.
Santorum is too strident for this 'center-right' nation.
Shooting suspect was strident in support of open carry efforts.
A Strident Political Voice on Iraq's Airwaves.
China's strident tone raises concerns among Western governments, analysts.
For more than two decades, anti-immigrant politicians and activists have stridently sought to redefine birthright citizenship.
Italy's Berlusconi struck in the face after strident rally.
Those are the people now surprised that President Obama is still stridently campaigning instead of doing the real work of governing.
President Obama's re-election by his most strident opponents.
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In science:

We transform the estimate supplied by this theorem into a less strident bound useful in handling the minor arc contribution in Waring’s problem.
Vinogradov's mean value theorem via efficient congruencing, II
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