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Class III. Words Relating to Matter
Section III. Organic Matter
2. Sensation
(ii) Specific Sounds

410. [Harsh or High Sounds.] Stridor.

   NOUN:STRIDOR, harshness, roughness, sharpness &c. adj.; raucousness, raucity; creak &c. v.; creaking &c. v.; discord, [See Discord]; cacophony; cacoëpy.
  HIGH NOTE, acute note; soprano, treble, tenor, alto, falsetto; voce di testa [It.], head voice, head tone; shriek, yell; cry [See Cry].
  penny trumpet, piccolo, fife, whistle; penny -, willow- whistle; Panpipes, syrinx; pipes, bagpipes, doodlesack [Scot.].
   VERB:GRATE, creak, saw, snore, jar, burr, pipe, twang, jangle, clank, clink; scream (cry) [See Cry]; yelp (animal sound) [See Ululation]; buzz (hiss) [See Sibilation].
  set the teeth on edge, écorcher les oreilles [F.]; pierce -, split- the -ears, – head; offend -, grate upon -, jar upon- the ear.
   ADJECTIVE:GRATING, creaking &c. v.; stridulous, strident, harsh, coarse, hoarse, horrisonant [obs.], raucous, metallic, horrisonous [obs.], rough, rude, jangly [rare], gruff, grum, sepulchral, hollow.
  HIGH, sharp, acute, shrill; trumpet-toned; piercing, ear-piercing, high-pitched, high-toned; cracked; discordant [See Discord]; cacophonous.
  1. With impetuous recoil and jarring sound.—Milton
  2. Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh.—Hamlet