rustling

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rustle \Rus"tle\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Rustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rustling}.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.]

1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves.

He is coming; I hear his straw rustle. --Shak.

Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk. --Shak.

2. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about. [Slang, Western U.S.]

3. To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle. [PJC]

{To rustle up} To gather or find by searching; as, to rustle up some food for supper. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rustling

adjective

1: characterized by soft sounds; "a murmurous brook"; "a soughing wind in the pines"; "a slow sad susurrous rustle like the wind fingering the pines"- R.P.Warren [syn: {murmurous}, {rustling}, {soughing}, {susurrous}]

noun

1: the stealing of cattle

2: a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind [syn: {rustle}, {rustling}, {whisper}, {whispering}]


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