Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To move with soft fluttering or crackling sounds.
  • intransitive verb To move or act energetically or while making such sounds.
  • intransitive verb To steal livestock, especially cattle.
  • intransitive verb To cause to rustle.
  • intransitive verb To obtain or produce by energetic effort.
  • intransitive verb To steal (livestock, especially cattle).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To steal cattle, as a “rustler”; hence to steal, in general. See rustler, 3.
  • To make a wavering, murmuring sound when set in motion and rubbed one part upon another or against something else; give out a slightly sibilant sound when shaken: as, a rustling silk; rustling foliage; rustling wings.
  • To move about or along with a rustling sound.
  • To stir about; bestir one's self; struggle or strive, especially against obstacles or difficulties; work vigorously or energetically; “hustle.”
  • To cause to rustle.
  • To shake with a murmuring, rustling sound.
  • To make, do, secure, obtain, etc., in a lively, energetic manner.
  • noun The noise made by one who or that which rustles; a rustling.
  • noun A movement accompanied by a rustling sound.

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

  • intransitive verb To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves.
  • intransitive verb Slang, Western U.S. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about.
  • intransitive verb To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle.
  • intransitive verb To gather or find by searching.
  • transitive verb To cause to rustle.
  • noun A quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the like; a rustling.

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

  • noun A soft crackling sound similar to the movement of leaves.
  • verb ergative To move (something) with a soft crackling sound.
  • verb transitive To make or obtain in a lively, energetic way.
  • verb transitive To steal (cattle or other livestock).

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

  • verb forage food
  • verb make a dry crackling sound
  • noun a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
  • verb take illegally

Etymologies

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

[Middle English rustlen, perhaps of imitative origin.]

Examples

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  • While she sat looking over the titles the rustle of silk caused her to glance around, and she saw Mrs. Martin quite near her.

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  • Neighbours ridiculed the idea, saying that they would not get many calves, that they could not or would not "rustle" -- that is, they would not get about with the cows -- that they would need nursing and feeding and would not stand the climate.

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