unpleasant sound

See: noise
References in classic literature ?
On the 12th the gale was very heavy, and we did not know exactly where we were: it was a most unpleasant sound to hear constantly repeated, "keep a good look-out to leeward.
Winter was represented by the unpleasant sound of sleet, which the string instruments played in an unruly manner, named ponticello in Italian, on the bridge of the instrument.
There is a tendency for the torque to fall away as it moves into the higher rev range and the engine note markedly increases, but it is not an unpleasant sound, just a busy one.
The emotional part of the brain, the amygdala, in effect takes charge and modulates the activity of the auditory part of the brain so that our perception of a highly unpleasant sound is heightened as compared with a soothing sound.
Dental patients plug the device into their MP3 players or mobile phones, and then plug the headphones into the device, so they can listen to music while the unpleasant sound of the drill and suction equipment are completely blocked out, said Brian Miller, professor of blended learning at King's College London's dental institute, who created the noise-canceling device.
We hated our footsteps when we walked on the dry leaves, thus creating an unpleasant sound amid the endless chirping of birds, as the first rays of the Sun pierced the sky from behind the vast Kandalama Lake.
It can also be used to sterilise infection, trim gums, whiten teeth and cure tooth sensitivity - all without even touching your teeth or emitting any unpleasant sound.
3 : to make a loud unpleasant sound <a television blasting>
The 120bhp version is as quiet as a petrol car, and although the 105bhp version is a little louder, it's not an unpleasant sound.
b] at the peak of this phrase with a wide open, very bright /a/ vowel, which resulted in a rather strident, unstable, and thoroughly unpleasant sound.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni led a small orchestra that followed his cues precisely but with a raspy, unpleasant sound.
But now the device douses the wheels of passing trains with water to lubricate them and eliminate the unpleasant sound.