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

  Shrill \Shrill\, a. [Compar. Shriller; superl. Shrillest.]
     [OE. shril, schril; akin to LG. schrell, G. schrill. See
     Shrill,v. i.]
     Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing
     tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces
     a sound.
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           Hear the shrill whistle which doth order give
           To sounds confused.                      --Shak.
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           Let winds be shrill, let waves roll high. --Byron.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrill \Shrill\, n.
     A shrill sound. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrill \Shrill\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shrilled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Shrilling.] [OE. schrillen, akin to G. schrillen; cf. AS.
     scralletan to resound loudly, Icel. skr["o]lta to jolt, Sw.
     skr[aum]lla to shrill, Norw. skryla, skr?la. Cf. Skirl.]
     To utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp,
     shrill tone; to become shrill.
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           Break we our pipes, that shrilledloud as lark.
                                                    --Spenser.
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           No sounds were heard but of the shrilling cock.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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           His voice shrilled with passion.         --L. Wallace.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrill \Shrill\, v. t.
     To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a
     shrill sound.
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           How poor Andromache shrills her dolors forth. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shrill
      adj 1: having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
             ; "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety" [syn: shrill,
             sharp]
      2: being sharply insistent on being heard; "strident demands";
         "shrill criticism" [syn: strident, shrill]
      3: of colors that are bright and gaudy; "a shrill turquoise"
      v 1: utter a shrill cry [syn: shriek, shrill, pipe up,
           pipe]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  80 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrill":
     absonant, acute, argute, atonal, cacophonous, caterwaul, cracked,
     creak, creaky, diaphonic, disconsonant, discordant, disharmonic,
     disharmonious, dissonant, ear-piercing, ear-splitting, flat,
     grating, harsh, high, high-pitched, howl, howling, immelodious,
     inharmonic, inharmonious, keen, keening, musicless, nonmelodious,
     off, off-key, off-tone, out of pitch, out of tone, out of tune,
     penetrating, piercing, pipe, piping, raucous, reedy, screak,
     screaky, scream, screech, screeching, screechy, sharp, shriek,
     shrieking, shrieky, skirl, skreigh, sour, squawk, squeak,
     squeaking, squeaky, squeal, strident, thin, treble, tuneless,
     ululant, ululation, unharmonious, unmelodious, unmusical,
     untunable, untuned, untuneful, wail, wailing, whine, whining,
     whistle, whistling, yammer
  
  

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