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star•tle



Pronunciation: (stär'tl), [key]
v., -tled, -tling,
n.


v.t.
1. to disturb or agitate suddenly as by surprise or alarm.
2. to cause to start involuntarily, by or as by a sudden shock.

v.i.
to start involuntarily, as from a shock of surprise or alarm.

n.
1. a sudden shock of surprise, alarm, or the like.
2. something that startles.

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

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