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
When disturbed by a would be attacker the caterpillars stridulate by rubbing their mouth parts together, creating broadband chirps spanning from 3.7-55.1 kHz.
It required a considerable effort on the thranx's part not to stridulate wildly as he entered.
Many insects stridulate by rubbing together specially modified parts of their hard integuments.
I then removed the antennæ of the male, and again made the female stridulate; the male heard her, and at once crawled toward her, although his antennæ were entirely removed.
These factors set them very far apart from their Latin-derived associates, which are uniformly multisyllabic and which have differing noun and verb forms, for example: latrate (like a dog) and latration; stridulate (like a cricket or grasshopper) and stridulation; and ululate (like a dog, jackal, wolf, or owl) and ululation.