Definition of Rustle

1. Noun. A light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind.

Exact synonyms: Rustling, Whisper, Whispering
Generic synonyms: Noise



2. Verb. Make a dry crackling sound. "The meadows rustle with animals "; "The dry leaves were rustling in the breeze"
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Rustling

3. Verb. Take illegally. "They rustle the animals"; "Rustle cattle"
Exact synonyms: Lift
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Rustler, Rustling

4. Verb. Forage food.
Generic synonyms: Forage, Scrounge

Definition of Rustle

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

2. v. t. To cause to rustle; as, the wind rustles the leaves.

3. n. A quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the like; a rustling.

Definition of Rustle

1. Noun. a soft crackling sound similar to the movement of leaves ¹

2. Verb. (ergative) to move (something) with a soft crackling sound ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) to move speedily, hustle, stir ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to make, do, secure, or obtain in a lively, energetic way ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to steal (cattle or other livestock) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rustle

1. to make a succession of slight, soft sounds [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES]

Medical Definition of Rustle

1. A quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the like; a rustling. "When the noise of a torrent, the rustle of a wood, the song of birds, or the play of lambs, had power to fill the attention, and suspend all perception of the course of time." (Idler) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rustle

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Literary usage of Rustle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Kate Beaumont by John William De Forest (1872)
"There was a little scream and rustle behind him ; it was the cry and the approach of girlish love. The next moment Kate, always a worshipper of her ..."

2. Memoir and Official Correspondence of Gen. John Stark: With Notices of by Caleb Stark, John Stark (1860)
"... the bride of Fort Edward—that Gertrude of Wyoming in real life; when every rustle of a shaken leaf seemed an Indian tread, every tree an Indian covert, ..."

3. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1914)
"rustle OF SPRING—SINDING ["World's Best Music," Vol. V, p. 1348.] Sinding is a Scandinavian composer best known in our country by this charming piece. ..."

4. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1914)
"rustle OF SPRING—SINDING ["World's Best Music," Vol. V, p. 1348.] Sinding is a Scandinavian composer best known in our country by this charming piece. ..."

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