(Shrieve), v. t. To shrive; to question. [Obs.] "She gan him soft to shrieve." Spenser.
(Shrift) n. [OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr. scrifan to shrive. See Shrive.]
1. The act of shriving.
In shrift and preaching is my diligence.Chaucer.
2. Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent upon it. Chaucer.
Have you got leave to go to shrift to- day?Shak.
Therefore, my lord, address you to your shrift,Rowe. Shrift father, a priest to whom confession is made.
And be yourself; for you must die this instant.
(Shright) obs. imp. & p. p. of Shriek.
She cried alway and shright.Chaucer.
(Shright), n. [See Shriek.] A shriek; shrieking. [Obs] Spenser. "All hoarse for shright." Chaucer.
(Shrike) n. [Akin to Icel. skrikja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scric a thrush.
See Shriek, v. i.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family Laniidæ, having
a strong hooked bill, toothed at the tip. Most shrikes are insectivorous, but the common European gray
shrike the great northern shrike and several others, kill mice, small birds, etc., and often impale them on
thorns, and are, on that account called also butcher birds. See under Butcher.
The ant shrikes, or bush shrikes, are clamatorial birds of the family Formicaridæ. The cuckoo shrikes of
the East Indies and Australia are Oscines of the family Campephagidæ. The drongo shrikes of the same
regions belong to the related family Dicruridæ. See Drongo.
Crow shrike. See under Crow. Shrike thrush. (a) Any one of several species of Asiatic timaline
birds of the genera Thamnocataphus, Gampsorhynchus, and allies. (b) Any one of several species
of shrikelike Australian singing birds of the genus Colluricincla. Shrike tit. (a) Any one of several
Australian birds of the genus Falcunculus, having a strong toothed bill and sharp claws. They creep
over the bark of trees, like titmice, in search of insects. (b) Any one of several species of small Asiatic
birds belonging to Allotrius, Pteruthius, Cutia, Leioptila, and allied genera, related to the true tits.
Called also hill tit. Swallow shrike. See under Swallow.
(Shrill) a. [Compar. Shriller ; superl. Shrillest.] [OE. shril, schril; akin to LG. schrell, G. schrill.
See Shrill,v. i.] Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; said of a
sound, or of that which produces a sound.
Hear the shrill whistle which doth order giveShak.
To sounds confused.
Let winds be shrill, let waves roll high.Byron.
(Shrill), n. A shrill sound. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Shrill), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shrilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shrilling.] [OE. schrillen, akin to G. schrillen; cf.
AS. scralletan to resound loudly, Icel. skrölta to jolt, Sw. skrälla to shrill, Norw. skryla, skrla. Cf. Skirl.]