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scream

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scream utter or declare in a very loud voice "You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine"
    • v scream utter a sudden loud cry "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle","I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
    • v scream make a loud, piercing sound "Fighter planes are screaming through the skies"
    • n scream a joke that seems extremely funny
    • n scream sharp piercing cry "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
    • n scream a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry "he ducked at the screechings of shells","he heard the scream of the brakes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Springfield, door to door salesman are prohibited from selling their goods while standing in the middle of the road, screaming at passing vehicles.
    • n Scream A sharp, shrill cry, uttered suddenly, as in terror or in pain; a shriek; a screech. "Screams of horror."
    • v. i Scream skrēm To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech. "I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.""And scream thyself as none e'er screamed before."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scream To cry out with shrill voice; give vent or utterance to a sharp or piercing outcry; utter shrill cries, as in fright or extreme pain, delight, etc.
    • scream To give out a shrill sound: as, the railway whistle screamed. Synonyms See scream, n.
    • n scream A sharp, piercing sound or cry, as one uttered in fright, pain, etc.
    • n scream A sharp, harsh sound.
    • n scream Synonyms Scream, Shriek, Screech. A shriek is sharper, more sudden, and, when due to fear or pain, indicative of more terror or distress than a scream. Screech emphasizes the disagreeableness of the sharpness or shrillness, and its lack of dignity in a person. It is more distinctly figurative to speak of the shriek of a locomotive than to speak of its scream or screech.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scream skrēm to cry out with a shrill cry, as in fear or pain: to shriek
    • n Scream a shrill, sudden cry, as in fear or pain: a shriek
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Quotations

  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda
    “A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.”
  • Jack Handey
    Jack Handey
    “When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did -- in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.”
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg
    “I don't like driving very much. That makes me very unhappy, because I scream a lot in the car, but other than that, life is actually pretty good.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice.”
  • Bob Hawke
    Bob Hawke
    “The things which are most important don't always scream the loudest.”
  • Graham Greene
    Graham%20Greene
    “His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse.”

Idioms

Scream bloody murder - If you scream bloody murder, you protest loudly and angrily, or scream in fear.
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Scream blue murder - If someone shouts very loudly in anger, or fear, they scream blue murder.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skræma, to scare, terrify; akin to Sw. skräma, Dan. skræmme,. Cf. Screech

Usage

In literature:

Then did Fafnir scream his death scream.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Then Grim Hagen's voice came to us, screaming in rage.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The woman's mad, putting a scream out of herself like yonder.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Now Smith's sister screamed at our accidents; she was afraid to join us in any of our adventures.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
It had positively screamed at him.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
We screamed with joy!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Young ladies sometimes scream at wasps and caterpillars.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
The baptismal jest never ceased to be a scream.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The shrill ear-splitting scream of a panther rang out, and this like the two shots was on my side of the river.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
She would have screamed, but she could not breathe.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
The ragged one screamed.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Mr. Tarkin began laughing and the fellows all screamed.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Eudena, cowering at the end of the ledge, began to scream like a gripped rabbit.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Her heart, screaming even now with her longing for Daoud, would scream forever in silence.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
An eight-inch shell screams through the air.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
In an instant he was on the floor, screaming and writhing in mortal agony.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Then they turned and fled, screaming, down the slope.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Kate trembled with excitement, its screams sounded to her like a call for help.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
Mike got her legs straightened out without sending her into screaming pain.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
Sally felt that if Miss Summers had screamed they would all have screamed.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
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In poetry:

But never could Lord William dare
To gaze on Severn's stream;
In every wind that swept its waves
He heard young Edmund scream.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
It is a wondrous thing to dream
Of tumbling with a fearful shock
From some tall cliff where eagles scream,
—To light upon a feather rock;
"Dreams" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I shall not soon forget her and her face,
So quiet, yet uneasy as a dream,
That stands on tip-toe in a haunted place
And listens for a scream.
"Rembrandts" by Madison Julius Cawein
Whither, ah, whither? Are not these
The tempest-haunted Orcades,
Where sea gulls scream, and breakers roar,
And wreck and sea-weed line the shore?
"Ultima Thule: Dedication To G. W. G." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Like a small boy in a rage hitting his mother,
I began to strike at everything in this world
that gave me shelter.
And I screamed:" The world is treacherous."
"Ungrateful Sorrow" by Rabindranath Tagore
I will scream, but who will hear my groan,
Who will save my soul from a crash?
Only snakes could let their skin be fallen,
People lose the soul — not the flesh.
"Only Serpents" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

An Update From WWN on Screaming Tourists Flee as Half-Fish, Half-Woman Washes Up on Beach.
Scream and cry for more.
In a sold-out show Friday night at the U Street Music Hall, Gaslight Anthem's audience pogoed, crowd surfed, and screamed along through the band's blistering 19-song set, one that pulled from all areas of their discography.
Another found herself on the floor of a plane screaming "Save the Jelly Bellys".
Just like a fashion show, some outfits scream "hot" while others cry "not".
Fight, Scream, Holler ' – Woman Fights Off Would-be Kidnapper in Parking Lot.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck screams on the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
Scott Clark heard screams as evening fell on May 24, 2007.
Elizabeth Olsen Stars and Screams in 'Silent House' Trailer (Video).
A press release slithers across my desk, citing yet another Study That Someone Got Paid For, screaming out in a bold san-serify way, "Our Kids Need to Know More About Geography.".
Dizzee Rascal's "Scream" Shows the World How to Soundtrack the Olympic Games.
I Screamed in Vain in Basement.
I scream, you scream, we all scream at the ka-razy Turkish ice cream vendor.
The children screamed with delight as Odyssey cameraman, David Day, danced with one of the locals at a traditional Kiritimati ceremony.
I Scream, You Scream: Bayside Kookie Band hosts Ice Cream Social.
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In science:

The most sensitive range for the human ear seems to be between 2 and 3 kHz, which covers the sounds of human scream and that produced by opera singers who want to drive the emotion.
Music in Terms of Science
The fish in the subsonic flow region cannot hear the screams of the fish in the supersonic region because the emitted sound travels too slowly to propagate upstream.
Cosmic Problems for Condensed Matter Experiment
Bridge interests: anxiety, bracelets, corsets, edgar allen poe, emotions, (black) eyeliner, girl interrupted, girls, glitter, horror movies, insomnia, leather, lesbians, magick (sic), marylin monroe, (heavy) metal, night, poems, red, safety pins, screaming, spikes, techo, tori amos, etc.
Semantic Networks of Interests in Online NSSI Communities
Opening an input scream phase gets URL in shape of network input stream.
Novel Framework for Mobile Collaborative learning (MCL)to substantiate pedagogical activities
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