Rus"tle (?), v. i. [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.]


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.


To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about.

[Slang, Western U.S.]

<-- To steal, esp. cattle -->


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Rus"tle, v. t.

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


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Rus"tle, 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.

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.


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