from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A harsh, shrill, grating, or creaking sound.
- n. Pathology A harsh, high-pitched sound in inhalation or exhalation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A harsh, shrill, unpleasant noise.
- n. A high pitched sound heard on inspiration resulting from turbulent air flow in the upper airway usually indicative of serious airway obstruction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A harsh, shrill, or creaking noise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A harsh, creaking noise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a whistling sound when breathing (usually heard on inspiration); indicates obstruction of the trachea or larynx
Latin strīdor, from strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin strīdor ("shrill or harsh sound"), from strīdō ("make a shrill or harsh sound"). (Wiktionary)