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bab•ble



Pronunciation: (bab'ul), [key]
v., -bled, -bling,
n.


v.i.
1. to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
2. to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
3. to make a continuous, murmuring sound.

v.t.
1. to utter in an incoherent, foolish, or meaningless fashion.
2. to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly: to babble a secret.

n.
1. inarticulate or imperfect speech.
2. foolish, meaningless, or incoherent speech; prattle.
3. a murmuring sound or a confusion of sounds.
4. babbling (def. 2).
5. Telecommunications.a confused mixture of extraneous sounds in a circuit, resulting from cross talk from other channels. Cf. cross talk (def. 1).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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