2. <zoology> The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of any one of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur. See Ootheca. Ruffle of a boot, the top turned down, and scalloped or plaited.
3. To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle. That which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle, and used as a trimming; a frill.
5. To oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion. "The fantastic revelries . . . That so often ruffled the placid bosom of the Nile." (I. Taylor) "She smoothed the ruffled seas." (Dryden)
Origin: From Ruff a plaited collar, a drum beat, a tumult: cf. OD. Ruyffelen to wrinkle.
(01 Mar 1998)
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