chatter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chatter speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • v chatter make noise as if chattering away "The magpies were chattering in the trees"
    • v chatter talk socially without exchanging too much information "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    • v chatter cut unevenly with a chattering tool
    • v chatter click repeatedly or uncontrollably "Chattering teeth"
    • n chatter noisy talk
    • n chatter the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)
    • n chatter the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chatter Noise made by collision of the teeth, as in shivering.
    • Chatter Sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid, thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle. "Your words are but idle and empty chatter ."
    • Chatter To make a noise by rapid collisions. "With chattering teeth, and bristling hair upright."
    • Chatter To talk idly, carelessly, or with undue rapidity; to jabber; to prate. "To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue."
    • v. t Chatter To utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly. "Begin his witless note apace to chatter ."
    • Chatter To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct. "The jaw makes answer, as the magpie chatters ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chatter To utter a succession of quick, shrill, inarticulate sounds, as a magpie or a monkey.
    • chatter To make a rapid rattling noise, as the teeth, from cold or fright.
    • chatter To talk thoughtlessly, idly, or rapidly; jabber; gabble.
    • chatter To argue.
    • chatter To jar, so as to form a series of nicks or notches, as a cutting-tool.
    • chatter To utter as one who or that which chatters: as, to chatter nonsense.
    • n chatter succession of quick, shrill, inarticulate sounds, especially if discordant or jarring, like those uttered by a magpie or a monkey; rapid and imperfectly articulated utterance.
    • n chatter The noise made by the teeth striking together repeatedly and rapidly, as under the influence of cold or fright.
    • n chatter Idle or foolish talk.
    • n chatter Synonyms See prattle, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Chatter chat′er to talk idly or rapidly: to sound as the teeth when one shivers
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Quotations

  • (Frank) Gelett Burgess
    (Frank) Gelett Burgess
    “Love is only chatter, friends are all that matter.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    Antonin%20Artaud
    “All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “The eagle has ceased to scream, but the parrots will now begin to chatter. The war of the giants is over and the pigmies will now start to squabble.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of imitative origin. Cf. Chat (v. i.) Chitter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the sound.

Usage

In literature:

He had fired at a few nothings, and during a spell of silence he was amazed to hear on his left a chattering in a strange tongue.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
There was a chatter of girls all round as he bowed and went on.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The squirrels chattered among the branches.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
At length they reached the palms; and, seated in various attitudes, looked up at the tempting fruit, all the while chattering away.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Nita suddenly chattered in Spanish to her, and the detective shot a sharp glance at the girl.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
The vestibule of the hotel is packed with people chattering, calculating, and telephoning.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
Fragments of gay chatter floated back to them.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
The crew chattered freely and much merriment was mixed in the chatter.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Walky was by nature a chatterer and a gossip, but he would have cut off his right hand rather than hurt Janice Day.
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
She enjoyed their chatter and a romp with them now and again.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
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In poetry:

Her joy is like an instinct, joy
Of kitten, bird, or summer fly;
She dances, runs without an aim,
She chatters in her ecstasy.
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
True to the bed-time story, Ben
Pursued his wounded bear,
Ann dreamed of chattering monkey men,
Of snakes twined in her hair...
"Thunder At Night" by Robert Graves
O you Fates with old wives' chatter,
Sleepy night so softly swaying,
Life with mouselike pitter-patter,
Why vex me, what are you saying?
"Night Piece" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
My land is bare of chattering folk;
The clouds are low along the ridges,
And sweet's the air with curly smoke
From all my burning bridges.
"Sanctuary" by Dorothy Parker
Y was a young Yellowhammer,
Who raised a ridiculous clamor;
And he chattered until
An owl said, "Keep still!
I'm trying to study my grammar."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
Seabirds with their raucus chatter
Pestered this relic of old woods.
With beaks they have draped over him
A tattered, patchwork rainbow hood.
"The Black Oak" by Giorgi Leonidze

In news:

Chirp, chatter + hum : Pirupa @ RISE 09.29.12.
All Blogs On The Download Chirp, chatter + hum : Pirupa @ RISE 09.29.12.
After the announcement of QE3 (also dubbed "QE Infinity ") created yet another round of media chatter about a recovery, the Fed's Open Market Committee has decided to push infinity a little bit further.
They're sure to trim the chatter and just play.
Ten years ago, the chattering class's daily agenda was set by the radio, TV, and newspaper.
Today's examination of the exit polls in the pop-culture world finds social media front and center, chatter about Diane Sawyer, a grumpy Donald Trump, Beyonce, other things, and the mystery music video.
It's hard to avoid the chatter about how colleges and universities should be run more like businesses — how, for example, we should jettison academic programs that do not earn their economic keep.
There was lots of chatter Tuesday about comedies gaining steam.
The latest Tigers, MLB off-season chatter.
The former Massachusetts governor is just the latest muse for the mad geniuses at Bad Lip Reading , who skillfully dub nonsensical chatter over muted videos of politicians and celebrities.
The former Massachusetts governor is just the latest muse for the mad geniuses at Bad Lip Reading, who skillfully dub nonsensical chatter over muted videos of politicians and celebrities.
Lisa Mascolo, the CEO of enterprise IT firm Optimos joins Industry Chatter with Francis Rose to discuss mobile technology trends for the future.
DES MOINES, Iowa — In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover.
What to make of Howard-to-Lakers chatter.
Lots and lots of Oregon-Stanford chatter this week.
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In science:

This is to say that the vehicles are not supposed to make high frequency zigzag movement, or the control does not have chattering phenomenon.
Computational Analysis of Control Systems Using Dynamic Optimization
In this paper we study generalized down-up algebras from the point of view of noncommutative algebraic geometry, namely, we provide a complete classification of those generalized down-up algebras which are (noncommutative) Noetherian unique factorisation rings (resp. domains), as defined by Chatters and Jordan in and .
Classification of factorial generalized down-up algebras
Moreover, Chatters and Jordan proved general results for skew polynomial extensions of the type R[x; σ ] and R[x; δ ].
Classification of factorial generalized down-up algebras
In this section, we recall the notions of Noetherian unique factorisation rings and Noetherian unique factorisation domains introduced by Chatters and Jordan (see [12, 13]).
Classification of factorial generalized down-up algebras
Chatters, Non-commutative unique factorisation domains, Math.
Classification of factorial generalized down-up algebras
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