Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Loud and shrill enough to hurt the ears. See Synonyms at loud.

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  • adj. Extremely loud, painfully loud.

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Examples

  • The audio was even more terrifying than the imagery - earsplitting wind, objects getting smashing, wailing children and a woman praying repeatedly.

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  • I had been the one up nursing the baby through his earsplitting demands, gritting my teeth through the pain of what had to be another clogged milk duct, on the right side this time.

    The Bird House

  • As we went inside, we heard the earsplitting crack of lightning strike.

    Dreamseller: The Calling

  • Inside the kitchen, the alarm was earsplitting and smoke poured out of the oven in thick, gray curls.

    Odd Girl In

  • The detector resumed its earsplitting shriek as I chucked the box of flour into the oven.

    Odd Girl In

  • With an earsplitting shriek I plunged it down toward its target, as hard as I could.

    Haven

  • There's an earsplitting boom and Stephen Lang hits the deck hard as the windows implode.

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  • Bravo Company fired back long-barreled 105 mm howitzers, which rocketed off with an earsplitting report.

    The Longest War

  • Those three earsplitting beeps were a death knell: the demise of all my planning and scheming.

    The Dark Side of Innocence

  • In my book, I refer to my mother as General Patton in pedal pushers, and frequently paint her as a shrieking harridan for whom water in the kitchen sink or unraked shag carpeting could produce bouts of rage: earsplitting, fist-shaking, God-summoning rage that fortunately predated the presence of guns in the suburban household.

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