rabble

1 [rab-uhl]
noun
1.
a disorderly crowd; mob.
2.
the rabble, the lower classes; the common people: The nobility held the rabble in complete contempt.
verb (used with object), rabbled, rabbling.
3.
to beset as a rabble does; mob.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English rabel (noun), of uncertain origin

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rabble

2 [rab-uhl] Metallurgy.
noun
1.
a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace.
verb (used with object), rabbled, rabbling.
2.
to stir (a charge) in a roasting furnace.

Origin:
1655–65; < French râble fire-shovel, tool, Middle French raable < Latin rutābulum implement for shifting hot coals, equivalent to *rutā(re) presumed frequentative of ruere to churn up, disturb + -bulum suffix of instrument

rabbler, noun
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rabble1 (ˈræbəl)
 
n
1.  a disorderly crowd; mob
2.  derogatory the rabble the common people
 
[C14 (in the sense: a pack of animals): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle Dutch rabbelen to chatter, rattle]

rabble2 (ˈræbəl)
 
n
1.  Also called: rabbler an iron tool or mechanical device for stirring, mixing, or skimming a molten charge in a roasting furnace
 
vb
2.  (tr) to stir, mix, or skim (the molten charge) in a roasting furnace
 
[C17: from French râble, from Latin rutābulum rake for a furnace, from ruere to rake, dig up]

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rabble
c.1300, "pack of animals," possibly related to M.E. rabeln "speak in a rapid, confused manner," probably imitative of hurry and confusion (cf. M.Du. rabbelen, Low Ger. rabbeln "to chatter"). Meaning "tumultuous crowd of people" is first recorded 1513; applied contemptuously to the common or low part
of any populace from 1553. Rabble-rousing first attested 1802 in Sydney Smith.
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Example sentences
Confronting that rabble will only excite them even more.
The despised rabble must be ruled by those who are more enlightened and divine.
Heavy depredations are made upon private property to sustain an armed rabble.
He only serves to rabble-rouse people who have a mystical mindset into an anti-science frenzy.
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