Startle

Definition of Startle

Star´tle   Pronunciation: stär´t'l
v. i.1.To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
[imp. & p. p. Startled (stär"t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Startling (stär"tlĭng).]
Why shrinks the soul
Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
- Addison.
v. t.1.To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
The supposition, at least, that angels do sometimes assume bodies need not startle us.
- Locke.
2.To deter; to cause to deviate.
n.1.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.

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