English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English *rustlynge, rustland, from Old English hrīstlende, *hrȳstlende, present participle of Old English *hrȳstlan (to rustle), equivalent to rustle +‎ -ing.

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  1. present participle and gerund of rustle

Noun edit

rustling (uncountable)

  1. The rounding up and theft of animals, cattle in particular.
    • 2021 September 22, Stephen Roberts, “The writings on the wall...”, in RAIL, number 940, page 71:
      And if you would like one more fact about this worthy, he was responsible for an Act on the statute book abolishing the death penalty for cattle rustling.

Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English rusteling, roustlyge, equivalent to rustle +‎ -ing.

Noun edit

rustling (plural rustlings)

  1. A series of rustles.
    • 2006 March 29, Richard Daughty, 321gold[1]:
      I hear a rustling in the bushes off to my right, and my trigger finger spasms.
    • 2009 January 30, Roberta Smith, “Bonnard Late in Life, Searching for the Light”, in New York Times[2]:
      The time in the paintings is also deepened by furtive movements and rustlings, mostly thanks to Bonnard’s figures.

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