American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by or making a shrill grating sound or noise.
- adj. Relating to or characterized by stridor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Making a small harsh sound; having a thin, squeaky sound; squeaky; creaking.
- adj. pathology That which is relating to stridor.
- adj. Emitting a particularly harsh or shrill sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Making a shrill, creaking sound.
- From Latin stridulus ("creaking, giving a shrill sound"), from stridere ("to utter an inarticulate sound” “creak, grate"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin strīdulus, from strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In passing through some parts where a good shower of rain has fallen, the stridulous piercing notes of the cicadae are perfectly deafening; a drab-colored cricket joins the chorus with a sharp sound, which has as little modulation as the drone of a Scottish bagpipe.”
“Screw your lyre up to concert pitch, and go on with your stridulous performances!”
“The emancipated ghosts floated in all directions, emitting their shrill and stridulous cries in the gleaming expanse.”
“It was as if the sparkling tent of the heavens were a great bowl turned over the place, hushing its stridulous merriment, stifling its wild laughter and dry-throated feminine screams.”
“The dog maintained a stridulous barking; and James Polder carried her, in an ecstasy of snarling ill-temper, out.”
“Whereupon Dinky-Dunk argued that we ought to forgive an invalid his stridulous preaching about bravery and manliness and his over-emphasis of fortitude, since it was plainly based on an effort to react against a constitutional weakness for which he himself couldn't be blamed.”
“Amid a shower of such words, springing from men's perverse blindness to the binding propriety of keeping all propositions as to what is the best way of living in respect of place, hours, companionship, strictly relative to each individual case, Rousseau stubbornly shook the dust of the city from off his feet, and sought new life away from the stridulous hum of men.”
“An inspection of its stridulous surface shows that Mrs. Dudgeon is not alone.”
“When the _mbete_ (which we may translate 'priest' for want of a better word) is seized by the possession, the god within him calls out his own name in a stridulous tone, 'It is I!”
“The patient may rapidly become cyanosed, the inspirations assume a noisy, stridulous character, and great distress and imminent suffocation supervene.”
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