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ruffle (plural ruffles)
- Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.
- She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem.
- disturbance; agitation; commotion
- to put the mind in a ruffle
- (military) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, quieter than a roll; a ruff.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of H. L. Scott to this entry?)
- (zoology) The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur.
strip of fabric
- (transitive) To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric.
- Ruffle the end of the cuff.
- (transitive) To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter.
- The wind ruffled the papers.
- Her sudden volley of insults ruffled his composure.
- I. Taylor
- the fantastic revelries […] that so often ruffled the placid bosom of the Nile
- Sir W. Hamilton
- These ruffle the tranquillity of the mind.
- She smoothed the ruffled seas.
- But, ever after, the small violence done / Rankled in him and ruffled all his heart.
- (intransitive) To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent.
- The night comes on, and the bleak winds / Do sorely ruffle.
- (intransitive) To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
- On his right shoulder his thick mane reclined, / Ruffles at speed, and dances in the wind.
- (intransitive) To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
- Francis Bacon
- They would ruffle with jurors.
- Sir Walter Scott
- gallants who ruffled in silk and embroidery
- Francis Bacon
- To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
- To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
- [The swan] ruffles her pure cold plume.
- (military) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
- To throw together in a disorderly manner.
- I ruffled up fallen leaves in heap.
to curl or flute