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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rapid series of light tapping sounds.
  • intransitive verb To make or move with a series of light tapping sounds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as pitapat; also noting a slighter and quicker beat, as of drops of water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sound like that of alternating light beats. Also, a pattering of words.
  • adverb With, or with the sound of, alternating light beats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A soft, percussive sound, as of tiny feet or rain on a rooftop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make light, rapid and repeated sounds
  • adverb as of footsteps
  • adverb describing a rhythmic beating
  • noun a series of rapid tapping sounds
  • verb rain gently

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

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