from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
- n. A ruff on a bird.
- n. A ruckus or fray.
- n. Annoyance; vexation.
- n. An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface.
- transitive v. To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple.
- transitive v. To pleat or gather (fabric) into a ruffle.
- transitive v. To erect (the feathers). Used of birds.
- transitive v. To discompose; fluster: a book that is bound to ruffle some people.
- transitive v. To flip through (the pages of a book).
- transitive v. To shuffle (cards).
- intransitive v. To become irregular or rough.
- intransitive v. To flutter.
- intransitive v. To become flustered.
- n. A low continuous beating of a drum that is not as loud as a roll. Also called ruff4.
- transitive v. To beat a ruffle on (a drum).
- intransitive v. To behave arrogantly or roughly; swagger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.
- n. disturbance; agitation; commotion
- n. A low, vibrating beat of a drum, quieter than a roll; a ruff.
- n. The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur.
- v. To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric.
- v. To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle, and used as a trimming; a frill.
- n. A state of being ruffled or disturbed; disturbance; agitation; commotion.
- n. A low, vibrating beat of a drum, not so loud as a roll; -- called also ruff.
- n. The connected series of large egg capsules, or oöthecæ, of any one of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur. See Oötheca.
- intransitive v. To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent.
- intransitive v. To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
- intransitive v. To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
- transitive v. To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
- transitive v. To furnish with ruffles.
- transitive v. To oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion.
- transitive v. To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
- transitive v. To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
- transitive v. To discompose; to agitate; to disturb.
- transitive v. To throw into disorder or confusion.
- transitive v. To throw together in a disorderly manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act turbulently or lawlessly; riot; play the bully; hence, to bluster.
- To put on airs; swagger: often with an indefinite it.
- To be rough or boisterous: said of the weather.
- To bully; insult; annoy.
- To beat the ruffle on: as, to ruffle a drum.
- n. A strip of any textile material drawn up at one edge in gathers or plaits, and used as a bordering or trimming; a full, narrow flounce; a frill; a ruff.
- n. Something resembling a ruffle in form or position.
- n. In ornithology, same as ruff, 2 .
- n. The string of egg-capsules of the periwinkles, whelks, and related gastropods.
- n. In mech., a series of projections, often connected by a web, formed on the inner face of a flange of a metal gudgeon for a wooden shaft or roller, and fitted to a corresponding series of recesses in the end of such shaft or roller, to secure a rigid attachment of the flange and prevent its turning except as the shaft or roller turns with it.
- n. Disquietude or discomposure, as of the mind or temper; annoyance; irritation.
- n. A brawl; a quarrel; a tumult.
- n. Milit., a low vibrating beat of the drum, less loud than the roll, and used on certain occasions as a mark of respect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
- v. disturb the smoothness of
- v. mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
- v. pleat or gather into a ruffle
- n. a high tight collar
- v. discompose
- n. a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
- v. stir up (water) so as to form ripples
- v. twitch or flutter
- v. erect or fluff up
- v. trouble or vex
- n. a noisy fight
In Germany it is called the ruffle pigeon, in allusion to the feathers on its breast; and it has rarely any feathers on its feet.
Galliano has a winning way with a drape and a ruffle, which is handy, since Portman will be four months pregnant, so expect some sleight of hand in the tummy area.
The ruffle is a paper towel that I fed through my ruffler.
Trims, such as ruffle or lace, sometimes cost more per yard than the fabric.
I agree with Annette, the 'ruffle' appears to actually be individual petals.
When in recent years, we've seen Day Without Immigrants, and that did kind of ruffle a lot of feathers.
And what we found is that in order to really get people out and motivated for a subject, whether you're on our side or not, is to kind of ruffle their feathers a little bit, to give them something to kind of shake their fist at, make them angry.
Let it boil up once, put in the oysters, let them come to a boil, and when they "ruffle" add two tablespoonfuls of butter.
As Joe poised for his jump the snare drummer rattled out a "ruffle," and as it started Joe leaned forward and leaped.
It is a sweet face which bends over the work, and it is framed in the daintiest of white caps edged with a wide ruffle which is turned back over the hair above the forehead, that it may not shade her eyes.