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Definition of Rattle


  1. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises, as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies shaken together; to clatter.
  2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles.
  3. To make a clatter with the voice; to talk rapidly and idly; to clatter; -- with on or away; as, she rattled on for an hour.
  4. To cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain.
  5. To assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise.
  6. Hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's judgment; to rattle a player in a game.
  7. To scold; to rail at.
  8. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the rattle of a drum.
  9. Noisy, rapid talk.
  10. An instrument with which a rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken.
  11. A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
  12. A scolding; a sharp rebuke.
  13. Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.
  14. The noise in the throat produced by the air in passing through mucus which the lungs are unable to expel; -- chiefly observable at the approach of death, when it is called the death rattle. See R/le.

Rattle Quotations

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.
John Lennon

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
Douglas MacArthur

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
Alexander Pope

The brain sits snugly inside the skull, but it's not a completely flush fit - there is still a layer of fluid between bone and soft tissue that serves as a natural shock absorber. Some shocks, however, can't be absorbed, and when the head gets clobbered too hard, the brain can twist or torque or rattle around inside its skeletal casing.
Jeffrey Kluger

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go?
Danny DeVito
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Rattle Translations

rattle in Afrikaans is klik
rattle in Dutch is klakken, klappen, kletteren, klikken
rattle in German is rasseln, geknatter, scheppern
rattle in Latin is crepundia
rattle in Portuguese is chocalho
rattle in Spanish is charla
rattle in Swedish is skramla, skallra, rassla, rossla, rossling

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