Rab"ble (rab"b'l), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Iron Manuf.)

An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling.

 

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Rab"ble, v. t.

To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.

 

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Rab"ble, v. i. [Akin to D. rabbelen, Prov. G. rabbeln, to prattle, to chatter: cf. L. rabula a brawling advocate, a pettifogger, fr. rabere to rave. Cf. Rage.]

To speak in a confused manner. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

 

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Rab"ble, n. [Probably named from the noise made by it (see Rabble, v. i.); cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F. rapaille.]

1.

A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng.

I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and light persons.
Ascham.

Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the whole rabble of licentious deities.
Bp. Warburton.

2.

A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter.

The rabble, the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people. "The rabble call him ‘lord.'" Shak.

 

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Rab"ble, a.

Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar. [R.] Dryden.

 

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Rab"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rabbled (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rabbling (-bling).]

1.

To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a curate. Macaulay.

The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates themselves rabbled on their way to the house.
J. R. Green.

2.

To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without intelligence. [Obs. or Scot.] Foxe.

3.

To rumple; to crumple. [Scot.]

 

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