from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers make by rubbing certain body parts together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of making shrill sounds or musical notes by rubbing together certain hard parts, as is done by the males of many insects, especially by Orthoptera, such as crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts.
- n. The noise itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act, process, or function of stridulating; the power of so doing, or the thin, harsh, creaking noise thus produced; a shrilling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shrill grating or chirping noise made by some insects by rubbing body parts together
1838, 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)