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Definition of "wail" []

  • To grieve or protest loudly and bitterly; lament. See Synonyms at cry. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a prolonged, high-pitched sound suggestive of a cry: The wind wailed through the trees. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To lament over; bewail. (verb-transitive)
  • A long, loud, high-pitched cry, as of grief or pain. (noun)
  • A long, loud, high-pitched sound: the wail of a siren. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wail" in a sentence
  • "Allusions to Antiguan slave trading and the cultural and economic imperialism that have enriched the Bertram clan are made explicit in Patricia Rozema's 1999 film — largely in the opening and the closing credit sequence, which feature African singers in a kind of wail from the sea."
  • "Their every impulse, from their very first wail, is to dominate, and by dominating, compel us to become their servants in turn."
  • "While it won't exactly match the classic high-pitched wail from the show, the producer says Gordon-Levitt will leave his own vocal stamp on Cobra Commander."