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 for rustle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rustle \Rus"tle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rustled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Rustling.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to
     stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.]
     1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the
        rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves.
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              He is coming; I hear his straw rustle. --Shak.
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              Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk. --Shak.
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     2. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to
        bustle about. [Slang, Western U.S.]
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     3. To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle.
     To rustle up To gather or find by searching; as, to rustle
        up some food for supper.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rustle \Rus"tle\, v. t.
     To cause to rustle; as, the wind rustles the leaves.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rustle \Rus"tle\, n.
     A quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those
     made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the
     like; a rustling.
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           When the noise of a torrent, the rustle of a wood, the
           song of birds, or the play of lambs, had power to fill
           the attention, and suspend all perception of the course
           of time.                                 --Idler.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves
           blowing in the wind [syn: rustle, rustling, whisper,
      v 1: make a dry crackling sound; "rustling silk"; "the dry
           leaves were rustling in the breeze"
      2: take illegally; "rustle cattle" [syn: rustle, lift]
      3: forage food

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  57 Moby Thesaurus words for "rustle":
     abstract, and, annex, appropriate, bag, boost, borrow, celerity,
     cop, crib, crinkle, defraud, dispatch, embezzle, expedition,
     expeditiousness, extort, filch, froufrou, hook, hurry, hustle,
     lift, make off with, nip, palm, pilfer, pinch, poach, purloin,
     run away with, rustling, scrounge, shoplift, sibilance, sibilate,
     sibilation, snare, snatch, snitch, speed, speediness, steal,
     susurrate, susurration, susurrus, swiftness, swindle, swipe, swish,
     swishing, take, thieve, walk off with, whish, whisper,

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