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Meaning of RATTLE

Pronunciation:  'ratl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail
  2. [n]  a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
  3. [n]  a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the death rattle"
  4. [v]  shake and cause to make a rattling noise
  5. [v]  make short successive sounds

RATTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: rale, rattling
 See Also: agitate, crackle, crepitate, crepitation rale, go, jaw, noise, plaything, rattle down, rattle off, rattle on, rattler, rattlesnake, reel off, roll off, ruckle, shake, sound, spiel off, tail, toy, yack, yack away, yap away



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rat"tle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rattled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Rattling}.] [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hr[ae]tele
    a rattle, in hr[ae]telwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. ? to swing,
    wave. Cf. {Rail} a bird.]
    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.
             And the rude hail in rattling tempest forms.
             'T was but the wind, Or the car rattling o'er the
             stony street.                         --Byron.
    2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as,
       we rattled along for a couple of miles. [Colloq.]
    3. To make a clatter with a voice; to talk rapidly and idly;
       to clatter; -- with on or away; as, she rattled on for an
       hour. [Colloq.]
  2. \Rat"tle\, v. t.
    1. To cause to make a ratting or clattering sound; as, to
       rattle a chain.
    2. To assail, annoy, or stun with a ratting noise.
             Sound but another [drum], and another shall As loud
             as thine rattle the welkin's ear.     --Shak.
    3. Hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's
       judgment; to rattle a player in a game. [Colloq.]
    4. To scold; to rail at. --L'Estrange.
    {To rattle off}.
       (a) To tell glibly or noisily; as, to rattle off a story.
       (b) To rail at; to scold. ``She would sometimes rattle off
           her servants sharply.'' --Arbuthnot.
  3. \Rat"tle\, n.
    1. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the
       rattle of a drum. --Prior.
    2. Noisy, rapid talk.
             All this ado about the golden age is but an empty
             rattle and frivolous conceit.         --Hakewill.
    3. An instrument with which a ratting sound is made;
       especially, a child's toy that rattle when shaken.
             The rattles of Isis and the cymbals of Brasilea
             nearly enough resemble each other.    --Sir W.
             Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. --Pope.
    4. A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
             It may seem strange that a man who wrote with so
             much perspicuity, vivacity, and grace, should have
             been, whenever he took a part in conversation, an
             empty, noisy, blundering rattle.      --Macaulay.
    5. A scolding; a sharp rebuke. [Obs.] --Heylin.
    6. (Zo["o]l.) Any organ of an animal having a structure
       adapted to produce a ratting sound.
    Note: The rattle of the rattlesnake is composed of the
          hardened terminal scales, loosened in succession, but
          not cast off, and so modified in form as to make a
          series of loose, hollow joints.
    7. 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[^a]le}.
    {To spring a rattle}, to cause it to sound.
    {Yellow rattle} (Bot.), a yellow-flowered herb ({Rhinanthus
       Crista-galli}), the ripe seeds of which rattle in the
       inflated calyx.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a baby playing with a rattle in your dream means tranquility and contentment in the home. Dreaming that you give a baby a rattle means unfortunate investments.