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.
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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.
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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"
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Translations

rustling

2 [ˈrʌslɪŋ] N (US) (also cattle rustling) → robo m de ganado, abigeato m (Mex)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

rustling

[ˈrʌslɪŋ] n
(mainly US) [cattle] → vol m de bétail
(= sound) [paper] → froissement m; [leaves] → bruissement m; [silk] → frou-frou m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

rustling

adj noise, leaves, paperraschelnd; skirtrauschend n
n
(of leaves, paper)Rascheln nt; (of material)Rauschen nt
(= cattle theft)Viehdiebstahl m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

rustling

1 [ˈrʌslɪŋ] n (noise) → fruscio

rustling

2 [ˈrʌslɪŋ] n (of cattle) → furto di bestiame
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
From this I was aroused, after I know not how long, by a rustling amidst the greenery on the other side of the stream.
A tall, stout, and proud-looking woman, with a round-faced smiling daughter, entered the drawing room, their dresses rustling.
Evening came, and with it troops of Elves to counsel their good Queen, who, seated on her mossy throne, looked anxiously upon the throng below, whose glittering wings and rustling robes gleamed like many-colored flowers.
Presently we heard the rustling sound of silk as my lady came down the flight of stone steps.
But there was no whispering in the house; only the funereal rustling of dresses as the women gathered to their seats disturbed the silence there.
From somewhere in the brush came an intermittent rustling. When they tried to locate it, it mysteriously ceased, and when the first hint of drowsiness stole upon them the rustling as mysteriously recommenced.
"What became of the rustling of the gown when you no longer heard it in the ante-room?" I inquired.
And as she was trying to comfort him they heard a rustling of wings, and a flight of wrens alighted on the ground beside them.
From then until possibly midnight all was silence, the silence of the dead; then, suddenly, the awful moan of the morning broke upon my startled ears, and there came again from the black shadows the sound of a moving thing, and a faint rustling as of dead leaves.
Broken-Tooth stopped teetering, but the branch would not stop, and his body continued bobbing up and down with the rustling leaves.
One clear star hung over the orchard and the fireflies were flitting over in Lover's Lane, in and out among the ferns and rustling boughs.
While I thus stood, leaning on my gun, and looking up at the dark gables, sunk in an idle reverie, weaving a tissue of wayward fancies, in which old associations and the fair young hermit, now within those walls, bore a nearly equal part, I heard a slight rustling and scrambling just within the garden; and, glancing in the direction whence the sound proceeded, I beheld a tiny hand elevated above the wall: it clung to the topmost stone, and then another little hand was raised to take a firmer hold, and then appeared a small white forehead, surmounted with wreaths of light brown hair, with a pair of deep blue eyes beneath, and the upper portion of a diminutive ivory nose.