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 for rustling
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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              He is coming; I hear his straw rustle. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to
        bustle about. [Slang, Western U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle.
        [PJC]
  
     To rustle up To gather or find by searching; as, to rustle
        up some food for supper.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rustling
      adj 1: characterized by soft sounds; "a murmurous brook"; "a
             soughing wind in the pines"; "a slow sad susurrous rustle
             like the wind fingering the pines"- R.P.Warren [syn:
             murmurous, rustling, soughing, susurrous]
      n 1: the stealing of cattle
      2: a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves
         blowing in the wind [syn: rustle, rustling, whisper,
         whispering]

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