wail-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Emit cries as a communicative effort.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[animate]] WAIL (NP2[topic])

My friends all wailed in self-pity.
I wailed with sorrow.
The dog wailed.
The representative wailed about the regulations.
She wailed with pain.

VerbNet: animal_sounds-38,manner_speaking-37.3,sound_emission-43.2
FrameNet: Communication_noise
PropBank: wail.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: Make noise.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[inanimate]] WAIL

The car wailed as the ignition finally kicked in.
The washing machine wails continuously.

VerbNet: sound_emission-43.2
FrameNet: Make_noise
PropBank: NM