rustling


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rus·tle

 (rŭs′əl)
v. rus·tled, rus·tling, rus·tles
v.intr.
1. To move with soft fluttering or crackling sounds: The leaves rustled in the breeze.
2. To move or act energetically or while making such sounds: Mice rustled across the floor.
3. To steal livestock, especially cattle.
v.tr.
1. To cause to rustle: rustled the newspaper.
2. To obtain or produce by energetic effort: rustled up some food in the kitchen.
3. To steal (livestock, especially cattle).

[Middle English rustlen, perhaps of imitative origin.]

rus′tler n.
rus′tling·ly adv.

rustling

  • soughing - A soft rustling or murmuring sound—like the deep sigh of a sleeping baby.
  • frou-frou - From French for "a rustling."
  • murmur - Comes from the Latin word for "rustling," and can mean "complain, grumble about."
  • psithurism - The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rustling - the stealing of cattlerustling - the stealing of cattle    
larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving - the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
2.rustling - a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Adj.1.rustling - 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
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
Translations

rustling

2 [ˈrʌslɪŋ] N (US) (also cattle rustling) → robo m de ganado, abigeato m (Mex)

rustling

[ˈrʌslɪŋ] n
(mainly US) [cattle] → vol m de bétail
(= sound) [paper] → froissement m; [leaves] → bruissement m; [silk] → frou-frou m

rustling

adj noise, leaves, paperraschelnd; skirtrauschend n
n
(of leaves, paper)Rascheln nt; (of material)Rauschen nt
(= cattle theft)Viehdiebstahl m

rustling

1 [ˈrʌslɪŋ] n (noise) → fruscio

rustling

2 [ˈrʌslɪŋ] n (of cattle) → furto di bestiame
References in classic literature ?
There was a good deal of rustling and whispering behind the curtain, a trifle of lamp smoke, and an occasional giggle from Amy, who was apt to get hysterical in the excitement of the moment.
The rustling increased, and a form could be seen indistinctly.
Even on the hottest afternoons the cottonwoods made a rustling shade, and the air smelled of popcorn and melted butter, and Bouncing Bets wilting in the sun.
This is well," continued Heyward; "and Le Renard will have strength and sight to find the path in the morning"; he paused, for sounds like the snapping of a dried stick, and the rustling of leaves, rose from the adjacent bushes, but recollecting himself instantly, he continued, "we must be moving before the sun is seen, or Montcalm may lie in our path, and shut us out from the fortress.
There is a rustling of stiff silks; a tread of backward and forward footsteps to and fro across the chamber.
Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination, --the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, to the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
Presently we heard the rustling sound of silk as my lady came down the flight of stone steps.
Well, one Sunday morning I was sitting out here in front of my cabin, with my cat, taking the sun, and looking at the blue hills, and listening to the leaves rustling so lonely in the trees, and thinking of the home away yonder in the states, that I hadn't heard from in thirteen years, when a bluejay lit on that house, with an acorn in his mouth, and says,
My bed was a straw tickQbetter than Jim's, which was a corn- shuck tick; there's always cobs around about in a shuck tick, and they poke into you and hurt; and when you roll over the dry shucks sound like you was rolling over in a pile of dead leaves; it makes such a rustling that you wake up.
There was a rustling of dresses, and the standing congregation sat down.
Reed came along the corridor, her cap flying wide, her gown rustling stormily.
On an afternoon in October, or the beginning of November - a fresh watery afternoon, when the turf and paths were rustling with moist, withered leaves, and the cold blue sky was half hidden by clouds - dark grey streamers, rapidly mounting from the west, and boding abundant rain - I requested my young lady to forego her ramble, because I was certain of showers.