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Dictionary Definition

rattle

Noun

1 a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the death rattle" [syn: rattling, rale]
2 a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
3 loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail

Verb

1 make short successive sounds
2 shake and cause to make a rattling noise

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another
    I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.
  2. a baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container

Translations

a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another
a baby's toy

Verb

  1. to create a sound by shaking
    Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.
  2. to scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve
    The accident really rattled him.
  3. to make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking
    ''I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.

Translations

to create a sound by shaking
to scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve

Extensive Definition

Rattle may mean:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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