• WordNet 3.6
    • v shriek utter a shrill cry
    • n shriek sharp piercing cry "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
    • n shriek 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shriek A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like. "Shrieks , clamors, murmurs, fill the frighted town."
    • v. i Shriek 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 .""At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train
      Echoed her grief."
    • v. t Shriek To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks. "On top whereof aye dwelt the ghostly owl, Shrieking his baleful note.""She shrieked his name
      To the dark woods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shriek To utter a sharp, shrill cry; cry out more or less convulsively, at a pitch above that of a scream, as in great and sudden fright, in horror, or in extreme pain: used sometimes, by hyperbole, of laughter.
    • shriek To utter with a shriek or a shrill wild cry.
    • n shriek A sharp, shrill outcry: as, the shriek of a whistle; shrieks of laughter. See shriek, v.
    • n shriek Synonyms Screech etc. See screem.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Shriek shrēk to utter a shriek: to scream
    • v.t Shriek to utter shriekingly
    • n Shriek the shrill outcry caused by terror or anguish
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  • Heinrich Heine
    “The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night; they shriek and rage and quarrel -- and all of them are right.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shriken, originallythe same word as E. screech,. See Screech, and cf. Screak


In literature:

The sight of Clare caused him to go off into fresh shrieks of good-natured merriment.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Shrieks of women, higher, shriller than that of the creaking timbers, cut the air.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Then wild shrieks rang through the hall.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Such a shriek as she gave!
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
A stifled shriek from the interior of the room convinced them the inmates were awake and terribly frightened.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Yes, he shrieked terribly!
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
It seemed to come from far away, a high, thin shriek that was torture in one's ears.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
She shrieked again, in an agony of terror.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
She shrieked, and fell speechless and senseless on the hard ground.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Hodges, as the reports sounded, felt the bruise of stones on his bare legs, and shrieked in panic fear.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily

In poetry:

Her weak hands cling to his bosom,
His ears are thrilled with her cry;
When the last struggling strength went forth
In that shriek of agony.
"A Legend Of Buckingham Village" by Nora Pembroke
She turned her head and the name she said
Was certainly not my own;
But ere I could speak, with a smothered shriek
She fled and left me alone.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
Was never a soul within that ship
Could know why they were troubled so ;
But their courage failed them, at once,
When they heard that shriek of woe.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
And still as we tore through the valley,
With shrieks now and then as of scorn,
Though the uplands were golden with harvest,
And lasses were lifting the corn;
"Durisdeer Hills" by Alexander Anderson
"Yes, many a shrieking ghost walks there
Then first, my own sad vow to keep,
Here will I pour my midnight prayer,
Which still must rise when mortals sleep."—
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
Not with my ears—I listen with my heart,
And hear ten thousand wailing voices rise,
And shrieks and sobs, and bursts of wildest woe,
From hearts bereft and lorn, assail the skies.
"Night Scene At The Fall of Sebastopol" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

This season, thanks to the mighty new Hercules, the choruses of animal shrieks are louder and more frequent than ever before in this venerable amusement park in a suburb of Allentown , Pa.
GIR SANCTUARY, India — A peacock shrieks.
They're older, still getting shrieked at.
David Beckham Elicits Shrieking, Mind-Losing at Y-3.
The Women's Tennis Association says in response to fans' complaints about grunts and shrieks it plans to take long-term action.
Thanks to Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, the source of that high-pitched shrieking heard this week throughout West Midtown has finally been identified.
I immediately started shrieking , and didn't stop for a week.
Tell me you wouldn't run around your kitchen shrieking , too.
I'm pretty much done shrieking .
Meet Hollywood's Go-To Shriek .
Culture Chiefs Shriek Protest At Mike's Cuts.
Why the Geese Shrieked .
Creepaway Camp Haunted Tour at Shriek Week.
The entertaining experts from the Wilton Test Kitchen know all the tricks and offer plenty of treats for hosting a bone-chilling blast that will have friends and family shrieking with delight.
The crowd shrieked with ragged but joyful voices.

In science:

Earman, Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks: Singularities and Acausalities in Relativistic Spacetimes (Oxford University Press: New York City, NY and Oxford, England, 1995). V.
General relativistic cosmology with no beginning of time
This can be thought of as a special case of the fact that the formation of upper-shriek respects compositions (and the fact that R → S → eS is the same as R → eR → eS ) cf. [Har66, Chapter I I I, Proposition 6.6].
A dual to tight closure theory