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  • v. Present participle of chatter.
  • n. A noise that chatters.
  • n. Output fluctuation before reaching a stable condition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or habit of talking idly or rapidly, or of making inarticulate sounds; the sounds so made; noise made by the collision of the teeth; chatter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine
  • n. the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)


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  • Birds were chattering from the eaves, and she could hear the clip of the swallows 'beaks as they caught the last insects of the day.

    Excerpt: Grass For His Pillow by Lian Hearn

  • The monkey mind has been too too prominant and after so long off, it's chattering is drowned out by the need to GET ON WITH IT!


  • Trembling with fear and distrust of the palefaces, my teeth chattering from the chilly ride, I crept noiselessly in my soft moccasins along the narrow hall, keeping very close to the bare wall.

    American Indian Stories

  • The fall through leafy branches and the dizzy heights; the snakes that struck at me as I dodged and leaped away in chattering flight; the wild dogs that hunted me across the open spaces to the timber -- these were terrors concrete and actual, happenings and not imaginings, things of the living flesh and of sweat and blood.

    Chapter I

  • Such a charivari as ensued, for just as my tugs at the alarm-bell began to take effect, the clock struck twelve, and the waits set up outside my window in quavering tones, with their teeth chattering from the cold, an old-fashioned lilt.

    A Christmas Cake in Four Quarters

  • There's an easy way to stop your wipers 'chattering' - but do it with care

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The response seemed to be generally positive from the online community, but the idea of chattering newspapers frightens me.

    Talking newspapers invade Indian breakfast tables

  • This he sums up as a simple question: "what is behind the opinions and attitudes of what are called the chattering classes?"

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • His lips are blue and I know the chattering is a response to the cold and a precursor to hypothermia.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • You and I have talked about all the commentators that are so-called chattering (INAUDIBLE) have been talking, talking, talking.

    CNN Transcript Nov 2, 2004


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