American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To screech; shriek.
- v. To creak.
- n. A screech; a shriek.
- n. A creak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a sharp, shrill sound or outcry; scream or screech; also, to creak, as a door or wheel.
- n. A creaking; a screech; a creaking sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To utter suddenly a sharp, shrill sound; to screech; to creak, as a door or wheel.
- n. A creaking; a screech; a shriek.
- v. utter a harsh abrupt scream
- v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise
- Middle English skricken, from Old Norse skrækja. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She did not run against chairs nor move a stool so that the legs emitted a "screak" of agony, and she could sit still for an hour at a time if she had a book.”
“Behold, I will screak under you as a wain screaketh that is laden with hay.”
“And the hinges of the temple shall screak in that day, saith the”
“She made it screak; she made it wail; she set her own teeth on edge with the horrid discords she drew from it.”
“Then only the distant rumble of the Elevated Railroad could be heard occasionally, or the far, seaward whistle of some steamer, or the scrape and screak of a street-car.”
“The front gate screaked, a slow, timid, almost furtive sort of screak, and then banged suddenly shut as though it despaired of further concealment.”
“He had barely gained the security of the front room -- somehow he felt it as security -- when he heard the gate screak and, turning suddenly, saw a man dart like a shadow around the side of the house.”
“Snowbirds from Mississauga to Michigan come here for a slice of winter every year to reset their circadian rhythms and remind themselves that there will again be a world, one of these months, without salt-veined boots and the chalkboard-fingernail screak of scrapers on crusty windshields.”
“a line of ageing wooden pickets and about midway in their extent hung the wooden gate with the screak.”
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