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noun     patter pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    [singular] a series of short quiet sounds caused by something falling onto or hitting a surface or by someone walking or running
    patter of:

    He heard the patter of feet behind him.

    the patter of rain on the roof

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] very fast continuous talk from someone who is entertaining people or who is trying to sell something

    Don’t get carried away by the sales patter.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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