stridence, stridency, n.stridently, adv.
/struyd"nt/, adj.
1. making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
2. having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.
3. Ling. (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates.
[1650-60; < L strident- (s. of stridens), prp. of stridere to make a harsh noise; see -ENT]

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