The rabble, the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people. "The rabble call him &lsquolord.'" Shak.

(Rab"ble), a. Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar. [R.] Dryden.

(Rab"ble), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rabbled (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rabbling ]

1. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a curate. Macaulay.

The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates themselves rabbled on their way to the house.
J. R. Green.

2. To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without intelligence. [Obs. or Scot.] Foxe.

3. To rumple; to crumple. [Scot.]

(Rab"ble*ment) n. A tumultuous crowd of low people; a rabble. "Rude rablement." Spenser.

And still, as he refused it, the rabblement hooted.

(Rab"bler) n. [See 2d Rabble.] (Mech.) A scraping tool for smoothing metal.

(Rab"ble-rout`) n. A tumultuous crowd; a rabble; a noisy throng.

(Rab*doid"al) a. [Gr. "ra`bdos a rod + -oid + - al.] (Anat.) See Sagittal. [Written also rhabdoidal.]

(Rab*dol"o*gy) n. [Gr. "ra`bdos rod, stick + - logy: cf. F. rabdologie.] The method or art of performing arithmetical operations by means of Napier's bones. See Napier's bones. [Written also rhabdology.]

(Rab"do*man`cy) n. "ra`bdos rod + -mancy.]—> Divination by means of rods or wands. [Written also rhabdomancy.] Sir T. Browne.

(Rab"id) a. [L. rabidus, from rabere to rave. See Rage, n.]

1. Furious; raging; extremely violent.

The rabid flight
Of winds that ruin ships.

2. Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist.

(Rab"ble), v. i. [Akin to D. rabbelen, Prov. G. rabbeln, to prattle, to chatter: cf. L. rabula a brawling advocate, a pettifogger, fr. rabere to rave. Cf. Rage.] To speak in a confused manner. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

(Rab"ble), n. [Probably named from the noise made by it (see Rabble, v. i.); cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F. rapaille.]

1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng.

I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and light persons.

Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the whole rabble of licentious deities.
Bp. Warburton.

2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter.

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