What does the word screech mean?

Usage examples for screech

  1. Oncle Jazon, who was still squatting by the little fire, tumbled over backwards, as if Beverley had kicked him; and there he lay on the ground with his slender legs quivering akimbo in the air, while he laughed in a strained treble that sounded like the whining of a screech- owl. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  2. The man gave a screech as Harris' hands squeezed. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  3. Wait then till you hear and see me and my men come rushing down the track, and then screech a second time. – The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne