Rattle definitions

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Rattle is a sound made by a series of sharp sounds such as chains clanging on metal or a musical instrument or baby's toy that makes noise when it is shaken.

An example of a rattle is the sound made as dishes are unloaded from a dishwasher.

An example of a rattle is a child's toy that is filled with beads that clatter when the toy is shaken.

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To rattle is to make a series of sharp sounds, such as metal clacking on a chain.

An example of rattle is when dishes clatter on a tray and make sharp sounds.

An example of rattle is when you jingle the change in your pocket and cause sharp sounds to be made.

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(onomatopoeia) A sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another.

I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.

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(dated) A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
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To secure ratlines to (shrouds).
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To provide with ratlines.
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A baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container.
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A scolding; a sharp rebuke.

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A musical instrument that makes a rattling sound.
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(zoology) Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.

The rattle of the rattlesnake is composed of the hardened terminal scales, loosened in succession, but not cast off, and modified in form so as to make a series of loose, hollow joints.

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(dated) Noisy, rapid talk.
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The noise in the throat produced by the air in passing through mucus which the lungs are unable to expel; death rattle.
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(ergative) To create a rattling sound by shaking or striking.

To rattle a chain.

Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.

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(informal) To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.

The accident really rattled him.

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(intransitive) To make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking.

I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.

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To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering.

We rattled along for a couple of miles.

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To make a clatter with a voice; to talk rapidly and idly; with on or away.

She rattled on for an hour.

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Origin of rattle

Verb from Middle English, either from Old English (not attested) or Middle Dutch ratelen, ultimately imitative. The noun (c. 1500) is from the verb.