Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • I would never do that on a first date.

    March 26, 2014

  • In Provence the cicadas pullulate
    And noisily rasp to woo a new mate.
    Their signature song
    Is raucous and strong
    As assiduously they stridulate.

    Or is joy obtained in isolation?
    In inward-focused stridulation?
    It's past all measuring,
    Such vast self-pleasuring,
    An insect riot of masturbation!

    March 26, 2014

  • While at least one dictionary says that (only) males stridulate, Darwin showed that stridulating females attract males that have had their antennae removed

    March 26, 2014

  • A window was open, and the crickets were stridulating at an ominous speed in the black motionless foliage.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor.

    May 17, 2008

  • lets make a racket, jacket

    May 12, 2008