screech·​ing | \ ˈskrē-chiŋ \

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 actors have been busy promoting their new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — and bringing red carpets to a screeching halt in the process — and stopped by Teen Vogue for a good old-fashioned game of Compliment Battle. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, ""Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" Stars Ezra Miller and Eddie Redmayne Compete In Teen Vogue's Compliment Battle," 15 Nov. 2018 In those 15 minutes, my world came to a screeching halt. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 The duo’s night out came to a screeching halt when they were approached by a man wearing skull makeup and a straw hat, according to BuzzFeed News. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "A Woman Stabbed Her Friend at a Haunted House With a Knife She Thought Was Fake," 11 Oct. 2018 Your exercise routine slows way down or comes to a screeching halt. Jenna Wolfe, Woman's Day, "5 Ways to Fit Exercise In Despite Having a Busy Schedule," 1 Oct. 2018 West never explained his reasoning and collaborators have since speculated as to why the brand was brought to a screeching halt. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Kanye West's Scrapped Pastelle Line Was 'His University for Fashion'," 10 July 2018 All the promise and expectations that had been building for two decades came to a screeching halt last fall, when the American team lost to Trinidad and Tobago and failed to book a berth in Russia. Ann Killion,, "2026 World Cup jointly hosted by U.S. will be weird, watered-down — and spectacular," 10 July 2018 Episode 7: Nothing Shattered The match comes to a screeching halt — literally. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 From President Trump's immigration travel ban to workers' rights, voting rights and religious rights, the high court handed conservatives a nearly unbroken string of victories in a divisive term that came to a screeching halt Wednesday. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's conservatives mark return to power with major rulings, minor punts," 27 June 2018

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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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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