What does the word shriek mean?

Usage examples for shriek

  1. I heard my mother's shriek of frantic despair, and my father shouted to her to hold on for her life, while he dragged forward the horses, whose feet almost the next moment must have touched the firm ground. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. I awoke with a shriek, and started upward. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  3. Such a shriek as she gave! – Nine Little Goslings by Susan Coolidge