Definitions for: Startle

[n] a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
[v] to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"
[v] move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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.

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

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