(||Stri"dor) n. [L., from stridere to make any harsh, grating, or creaking sound.] A harsh, shrill,
or creaking noise. Dryden.
(Strid"u*late) v. t. [See Stridulous.] To make a shrill, creaking noise; specifically (Zoöl.), to
make a shrill or musical sound, such as is made by the males of many insects.
(Strid`u*la"tion) n. The act of stridulating. Specifically: (Zoöl.) (a) The act of making shrill
sounds or musical notes by rubbing together certain hard parts, as is done by the males of many insects,
especially by Orthoptera, such as crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts. (b) The noise itself.
The crickets stridulate by rubbing together the strong nervures of the fore wings. Many grasshoppers
stridulate by rubbing the hind legs across strong nervures on the fore wings. The green grasshoppers
and katydids stridulate by means of special organs at the base of the fore wings.
(Strid"u*la`tor) n. [NL.] That which stridulates. Darwin.
(Strid"u*la*to*ry) a. Stridulous; able to stridulate; used in stridulating; adapted for stridulation.
(Strid"u*lous) a. [L. stridulus. See Strident.] Making a shrill, creaking sound. Sir T. Browne.
The Sarmatian boor driving his stridulous cart.Longfellow. Stridulous laryngitis (Med.), a form of croup, or laryngitis, in children, associated with dyspna, occurring
usually at night, and marked by crowing or stridulous breathing.
(Strife) n. [OF. estrif. See Strive.]
1. The act of striving; earnest endeavor. [Archaic] Shak.
2. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts.
Doting about questions and strifes of words.1 Tim. vi. 4.
Thus gods contended noble strife -Congreve.
Who most should ease the wants of life.
3. Altercation; violent contention; fight; battle.
Twenty of them fought in this black strife.Shak.
These vows, thus granted, raised a strife aboveDryden.
Betwixt the god of war and queen of love.
4. That which is contended against; occasion of contest. [Obs.] "Lamenting her unlucky strife." Spenser.
Syn. Contest; struggle; quarrel. See Contention.