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 for screech
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Screech \Screech\ (skr[=e]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Screeched;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Screeching.] [Also formerly, scritch, OE.
     skriken, skrichen, schriken, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel.
     skr[ae]kja to shriek, to screech, skr[imac]kja to titter, Sw.
     skrika to shriek, Dan. skrige; also Gael. sgreach, sgreuch,
     W. ysgrechio, Skr. kharj to creak. Cf. Shriek, v.,
     Scream, v.]
     To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in
     terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek. "The screech owl,
     screeching loud." --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Screech \Screech\, n.
     A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a
     shriek; a scream.
     [1913 Webster]
     Screech bird, or Screech thrush (Zool.), the fieldfare;
        -- so called from its harsh cry before rain.
     Screech rain.
     Screech hawk (Zool.), the European goatsucker; -- so called
        from its note. [Prov. Eng.]
     Screech owl. (Zool.)
     (a) A small American owl ({Scops asio), either gray or
         reddish in color.
     (b) The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other
         [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at
           the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the
           brakes" [syn: screech, screeching, shriek,
           shrieking, scream, screaming]
      2: sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
         [syn: scream, screaming, shriek, shrieking,
         screech, screeching]
      v 1: make a high-pitched, screeching noise; "The door creaked
           when I opened it slowly"; "My car engine makes a whining
           noise" [syn: whine, squeak, screech, creak,
           screak, skreak]
      2: utter a harsh abrupt scream [syn: squawk, screak,
         skreak, skreigh, screech]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  111 Moby Thesaurus words for "screech":
     bark, battle cry, bawl, bay, bell, bellow, blare, blat, blate,
     bleat, blubber, boom, bray, breathe, buzz, cackle, call, caterwaul,
     chant, cheer, chirp, coo, creak, crow, cry, drawl, exclaim, flute,
     gasp, give tongue, give voice, groan, growl, grunt, hail, halloo,
     hiss, holler, hollo, hoot, howl, hurrah, keen, lilt, low, meow,
     mew, mewl, miaow, moan, moo, mumble, murmur, mutter, neigh, nicker,
     pant, penetrate, pierce, pipe, pule, rallying cry, roar, rumble,
     screak, scream, shout, shriek, shrill, sibilate, sigh, sing, skirl,
     skreigh, snap, snarl, snort, sob, sough, squall, squawk, squeak,
     squeal, thunder, troat, trumpet, twang, ululate, ululation, vent,
     voice, wail, war cry, war whoop, warble, whicker, whine, whinny,
     whisper, whistle, whoop, wrawl, yammer, yap, yawl, yawp, yell,
     yelp, yip, yo-ho, yowl

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