To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks. On top whereof aye dwelt the ghostly owl, Shrieking his baleful note. (Spenser) She shrieked his name To the dark woods. (Moore)
A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like. Shrieks, clamors, murmurs, fill the frighted town. (Dryden) Shriek owl.
(Science: zoology) The screech owl. The swift; so called from its cry.