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screamer

[skree-mer] /ˈskri mər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that screams.
2.
Informal. something or someone causing screams of excitement, laughter, or the like.
3.
Printing Slang. an exclamation point.
4.
Journalism.
  1. a sensational headline.
  2. banner (def 7).
    Compare scarehead.
5.
Baseball Slang. an extremely hard-hit line drive.
6.
Ornithology. any of several South American birds of the family Anhimidae, having a harsh, trumpeting call.
Compare horned screamer.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; scream + -er1
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Examples from the web for screamer
  • Give me a screamer who lets you know where he or she stands any day.
  • Another screamer of crude personal insults who has been banned many times.
  • He's been through too many audits and boardroom machinations to be a nail-biter or a screamer.
  • Li doesn't flinch, however, driving a screamer forehand crosscourt for a winner.
  • Unfortunately, even this new technology is still no match for a real screamer.
British Dictionary definitions for screamer

screamer

/ˈskriːmə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that screams
2.
any goose-like aquatic bird, such as Chauna torquata (crested screamer), of the family Anhimidae of tropical and subtropical South America: order Anseriformes (ducks, geese, etc)
3.
someone or something that raises screams of laughter or astonishment
4.
(US & Canadian, slang) a sensational headline
5.
(Austral, slang)
  1. a person or thing that is excellent of its kind
  2. See two-pot screamer
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Slang definitions & phrases for screamer

screamer

noun
  1. An exclamation point; bang, shriek (1895+ Print shop)
  2. murder mystery, horror show, or thriller (1920s+ Show business)
  3. A very conspicuous advertising plaque or banner (1940s+)
  4. scarehead (1926+ Newspaper office)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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screamer in Technology

An extension of Common Lisp providing nondeterministic backtracking and constraint programming.
(ftp://ftp.ai.mit.edu/pub/screamer.tar.Z).
[Isn't all backtracking nondeterministic by definition?]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for screamer

any of three species of South American waterfowl constituting the family Anhimidae (order Anseriformes). The group derives its name from its raucous, far-carrying cry.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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