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Meaning of STARTLE

Pronunciation:  'stârtl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
  2. [v]  to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"
  3. [v]  move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
 Synonyms: galvanise, galvanize, jump, jump, start, start
 See Also: ball over, blow out of the water, boggle, flinch, floor, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, Moro reflex, move, physiological reaction, rear back, reflex, shock, shy, startle reaction, startle reflex, startle response, stun, take aback, unconditioned reflex, wince



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Star"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Startled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Startling}.] [Freq. of start.]
    To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
          Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at
          destruction?                             --Addison.
  2. \Star"tle\, v. t.
    1. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to
       frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to
             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.
  3. \Star"tle\, n.
    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.