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Definitions of Startle

Pronunciation : Star"tle
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [Freq. of start.]
Definition : Defn: To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start. Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction Addison.

t. [imp. & p. p. Startled; p. pr. & vb. n. Startling.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Star"tle
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 1. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise. The supposition, at least, that angels do sometimes assume bodies need not startle us. Locke.

2. To deter; to cause to deviate. [R.] Clarendon.

Syn. -- To start; shock; fright; frighten; alarm.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Star"tle
Part of Speech : n.
Definition : Defn: A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger. After having recovered from my first startle, I was very well pleased with the accident. Spectator.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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