screech·​ing | \ ˈskrē-chiŋ How to pronounce screeching (audio) \

Definition of screeching

: abrupt, sudden her career came to a screeching halt

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Synonyms & Antonyms for screeching


high-pitched, piping, shrieking, shrill, squeaking, squeaky, treble, whistling


bass, deep, grave, low, throaty

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Examples of screeching in a Sentence

the screeching blast of the factory whistle hurt my ears

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The days of the Clippers being the little brother in Los Angeles came to a screeching halt with the arrival of Leonard and George. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Clippers Just Became the Best Team in Los Angeles, and Perhaps the NBA," 6 July 2019 The loss was Colorado’s fourth in a row, and its club-record eight-game winning streak over Arizona came to a screeching halt. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies lose fourth in a row as Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks shut out Colorado," 5 July 2019 The process came to a screeching halt on June 3, when security forces attacked the sit-in. Washington Post, "Sudan protesters at a crossroads after deadly crackdown," 3 July 2019 The tragedy of Bacon’s murder extended well past the bean field in which his car — and life — came to a screeching halt. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 Action begins on the first pages, when there is a cyber-attack on a U.S. power plant and the world comes to a screeching halt. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Minnesotans debut military thriller ‘Rules of Engagement’," 23 June 2019 That’s not to say that having to decide between tuna and turkey is going to bring your productivity to a screeching halt. NBC News, "Should you be eating the same lunch every day?," 11 June 2019 But within a few hours of sailing out of Florida on Tuesday, the couple's plans came to a screeching halt. NBC News, "Cuba travel restrictions leave some American travelers in limbo," 8 June 2019 East Precinct officers were just finishing up a nearby traffic stop when a red Ford F-150 flew past them driving erratically and the came to a screeching halt. Carol Robinson |,, "Well-known activist Mercutio Southall charged in Birmingham killing," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of screeching

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of screeching was in 1904

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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