from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who or that which starts or is startled.
- noun That which startles: as, that was a startler.
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- noun One who, or that which,
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He publishes his startler in the Spring 2009 Wilson Quarterly.
Sonalysts Inc. of Waterford, Conn., used its sonar technology to create a system that diverts fish from swimming too near the James A. Fitzpatrick nuclear plant in Oswego County, N.Y. The "fish startler" is just one of the peaceable-kingdom products that have helped Sonalysts diversify.
And then, like a giddy fool as I was, I needs must give them a startler — the whoop of an owl, done so exactly, as John Fry had taught me, and echoed by the roof so fearfully, that one of them dropped the tinder box; and the other caught up his gun and cocked it, at least as I judged by the sounds they made.
His second was much more of a startler, and I only got it last week. '
I said: "Mrs. Cutting, I am trying to think of a subject the discussion of which will come upon the world in the nature of a startler -- some subject upon which no previous human being has ever said a word -- some subject that will attract by its novelty, invigorate by its surprising freshness."
"This is a startler," I said; "what are we going to do?"
This was a startler even to Cucullin; but he got up, however, and after pulling the middle finger of his right hand until it cracked three times, he went outside, and getting his arms about the house, turned it as she had wished.
"All right," he said, "we'll go and give them a bit of a startler."
He fired his "Artistic Joke" off, the shot went home, and the effect was a startler for many people and in many places.
The grave old Turk then found his tongue, and the reply was such a startler, that the four travellers were knocked off their moral equilibrium.