from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To produce a shrill grating, chirping, or hissing sound by rubbing body parts together, as certain insects do.
- transitive v. To produce by rubbing body parts together: "The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note” ( John Updike).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make a high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers do, by rubbing certain body parts together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make a shrill, creaking noise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a stridulous noise, as an insect; effect stridulation, as the cicada; grate, scrape, or creak with the organs of stridulation; shrill; chirr.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures
From Latin strīdulus, stridulous; see stridulous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from stridulation. (From earlier term stridulous; from Latin strīdulus ("giving a shrill sound, creaking"), from strīdō ("utter a shrill or harsh sound; creak, shriek, grate, hiss")) (Wiktionary)