screech [{{t}}skri:tʃ]
1 intransitive verb
(a) (owl) ululer, hululer, huer; (gull) crier, piailler; (parrot) crier; (monkey) hurler
(b) (person → in high voice) pousser des cris stridents ou perçants; (→ loudly) hurler; (singer) crier, chanter d'une voie stridente
(c) (tyres) crisser; (brakes, machinery) grincer (bruyamment); (siren, jets) hurler;
the car screeched to a halt la voiture s'est arrêtée dans un crissement de pneus;
the machine screeched to a stop la machine s'est arrêtée en grinçant;
the car came screeching round the corner la voiture a pris le virage dans un crissement de pneus
2 transitive verb
(order) hurler, crier à tue-tête;
"never", she screeched "jamais", dit-elle d'une voix stridente
3 noun
(a) (of owl) ululement m, hululement m; (of gull) cri m, piaillement m; (of parrot) cri m; (of monkey) hurlement m;
the parrot gave a loud screech le perroquet a poussé un grand cri
(b) (of person) cri m strident ou perçant; (with pain, rage) hurlement m;
we heard screeches of laughter coming from next door on entendait des rires perçants qui venaient d'à côté;
"never", she said with a screech "jamais", dit-elle d'une voix stridente
(c) (of tyres) crissement m; (of brakes) grincement m; (of sirens, jets) hurlement m;
we stopped with a screech of brakes/tyres on s'arrêta dans un grincement de freins/dans un crissement de pneus
►► {{}}Ornithology{{}} screech owl chat-huant m, hulotte f

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