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  • v. Present participle of patter.
  • n. Groupings of frequent irregularly repeated sounds of moderate magnitude and lower-than-average pitch.


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  • Lights fizzing onto the pavement, I felt the rain pattering down by my shoes.

    Bitchin' about being a bitch. «

  • Strike the ends of the fingers irregularly on the desk (to imitate the rain pattering on the roof of a building.) 2.

    The Golden Book of Favorite Songs

  • I slept soundly for a long time; then I waked up and found that, instead of rain pattering against the roof, and darkness everywhere, it was quite light.

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

  • Do you remember, Traverse, the low attic where we used to sleep, and how on stormy nights we used to listen to the rain pattering on the roof, within two or three inches of our faces, and how we used to be half afraid to turn over for fear that we should bump our heads against the timbers of the ceiling?

    The Hidden Hand

  • She dreamed of electronic books and showers of golden coins pattering gently over the two of them as they lay coiled in a passionate embrace.


  • It is a thud if the pressure be more acute, and the pattering, which is almost identical to the effect produced by a drop of water rolling on the inside of a sensitive ear, occurs when there is a double or treble intermission.

    Inferences from Haunted Houses and Haunted Men

  • If you'll put a lid on telling others how to play, you'll be able to hear the tintinnabulation of coins pattering into your bags.

  • As we advanced, I heard a kind of pattering above my head.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • The form _patrying cove_ seems to suggest a derivation from 'pattering' or 'muttering' -- the Pater - noster, up to the time of the Reformation, was recited by the priest in a low voice as far as 'and lead us not into temptation' when the choir joined in.

    Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896]

  • Others might have been caused by dogs, such as pattering footsteps, jumping and pouncing as in play, the wagging of a dog's tail against the door, and the sound as of a dog throwing itself against the lower panels.

    The Alleged Haunting of B—— House


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