from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
- n. The lowest or coarsest class of people. Often used with the.
- n. A group of persons regarded with contempt: "After subsisting on the invisible margins of the art scene ... he was 'discovered' in the mid-80's, along with a crowd of like-minded rabble from the East Village” ( Richard B. Woodward).
- n. An iron bar used to stir and skim molten iron in puddling.
- n. Any of various similar tools or mechanically operated devices used in roasting or refining furnaces.
- transitive v. To stir or skim (molten iron) with an iron bar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mob; collectively, commoners; a disorderly group.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling.
- transitive v. To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.
- intransitive v. To speak in a confused manner.
- n. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng.
- n. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar.
- transitive v. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob.
- transitive v. To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without intelligence.
- transitive v. To rumple; to crumple.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To speak confusedly; talk incoherently; utter nonsense.
- To utter confusedly or incoherently; gabble or chatter out.
- n. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a confused, disorderly assemblage; a mob.
- n. Specifically, the mass of common people; the ignorant populace; the mob: with the definite article.
- n. Any confused crowd or assemblage; a haphazard conglomeration or aggregate, especially of things trivial or ignoble.
- n. Synonyms Mob, etc. See populace.
- Pertaining to or consisting of a rabble; riotous; tumultuous; disorderly; vulgar; low.
- To assault in a violent and disorderly manner; mob.
- n. An iron bar bent at right angles at one end, used in the operation of puddling for stirring the melted iron, so as to allow it to be more fully exposed to the action of the air and the lining of the furnace.
- To stirand skim with a rabble or puddling-tool, as melted iron in a furnace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. disparaging terms for the common people
- n. a disorderly crowd of people
French râble, fire shovel, from Old French roable, from Medieval Latin rotābulum, from Latin rutābulum, from rutus, past participle of ruere, to rake up, tumble down.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)