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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 star·tle /ˈstɑrtḷ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Star·tle v. i. [imp. & p. p. Startled p. pr. & vb. n. Startling ]  To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
 Why shrinks the soul
 Back on herself, and startles at destruction?   --Addison.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Star·tle 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. [R.]
 Syn: -- To start; shock; fright; frighten; alarm.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start" [syn:
           jump, start]
      v 1: to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized
           into action" [syn: galvanize, galvanise]
      2: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She
         startled when I walked into the room" [syn: jump, start]