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  • n. Plural form of pattering.


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  • Clouds had swallowed the setting sun, but this was no real storm—a few patterings in the dust and already the clouds were moving on to some other, more grateful place.

    Geography of the Heart

  • Out in the darkness there went soft whistlings, callings, croakings, patterings, once a scream which cut off in a gurgle, the sounds of a foreign wilderness.

    Agent Of The Terran Empire

  • I drew up off the road a little under some trees and turned off the headlights; the rain dripping off the branches made little patterings upon the roof.

    The Rainbow and the Rose

  • There were no women anywhere; but if Sonny Sahib had possessed the ears or the eyes of the country, he might have heard many swishings and patterings and whisperings behind curtained doors, and have seen many fingers on the curtains 'edge and eyes at the barred windows as he went by.

    The Story of Sonny Sahib

  • And the patterings of the feet in that short walk had worn the board into hollows at the treads.

    Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons Wesel, Sennelager, Klingelputz, Ruhleben

  • And now their ears were assailed by soft patterings and shufflings that seemed to increase in number as they progressed.

    Army Boys on German Soil Our Doughboys Quelling the Mobs

  • Character is not made by tremendous thumps, but by the constant patterings of minutest touches.

    Once Aboard the Lugger

  • All this was done in less time than it takes to tell, and once again the familiar sounds of pattering -- patterings on the snow in the wake of the carriage -- fell on Liso's ears, and all the old horrors of the preceding journey came back to her with full force.


  • Rushing footsteps mingled with peculiar soft patterings; agonized human screams coupled with the growls and snappings of an animal; a heavy thud; gurgles; and then silence.


  • The mild breeze trembled to the silver patterings of a harp, to the sweet, barbaric chirping of plucked strings of violin and 'cello -- and swooned among the maple leaves to the rhythmic crooning of a flute.



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