from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make or emit a quick succession of short percussive sounds.
- intransitive v. To move with such sounds: A train rattled along the track.
- intransitive v. To talk rapidly and at length, usually without much thought: rattled on about this and that.
- transitive v. To cause to make a quick succession of short percussive sounds: rattled the dishes in the kitchen.
- transitive v. To utter or perform rapidly or effortlessly: rattled off a list of complaints.
- transitive v. Informal To fluster; unnerve: The accident rattled me. See Synonyms at embarrass.
- n. A rapid succession of short percussive sounds.
- n. A device, such as a baby's toy, that produces short percussive sounds.
- n. A rattling sound in the throat caused by obstructed breathing, especially near the time of death.
- n. The series of horny structures at the end of a rattlesnake's tail.
- n. Loud or rapid talk; chatter.
- transitive v. To secure ratlines to (shrouds).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another
- n. a baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container
- v. (ergative) To create a sound by shaking.
- v. To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.
- v. To cause something to make a rattling sound by hitting it.
- v. To make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises, as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies shaken together; to clatter.
- intransitive v. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering.
- intransitive v. To make a clatter with the voice; to talk rapidly and idly; to clatter; -- with on or away.
- transitive v. To cause to make a rattling or clattering sound.
- transitive v. To assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise.
- transitive v. Hence, to disconcert; to confuse
- transitive v. To scold; to rail at.
- n. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds.
- n. Noisy, rapid talk.
- n. An instrument with which a rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken.
- n. A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
- n. A scolding; a sharp rebuke.
- n. Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.
- n. 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 Râle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give out a rapid succession of short, sharp, jarring or clattering sounds; clatter, as by continuous concussions.
- To move or be carried along with a continuous rapid clatter; go or proceed or bear one's self noisily: often used with reference to speed rather than to the accompanying noise.
- To speak with noisy and rapid utterance; talk rapidly or in a chattering manner: as, to rattle on about trifles.
- To cause to make a rattling sound or a rapid succession of hard, sharp, or jarring sounds.
- To utter in sharp, rapid tones; deliver in a smart, rapid manner: as, to rattle off a string of names.
- To act upon or affect by rattling sounds; startle or stir up by any noisy means.
- To scold, chide, or rail at noisily; berate clamorously.
- To shake up, unsettle, or disturb by censure, annoyance, or irritation; bring into an agitated or confused condition.
- n. A rapid succession of short, sharp, clattering sounds, as of intermitting collision or concussion.
- n. A rattling clamor of words; sharp, rapid talk of any kind; hence, sharp scolding or railing.
- n. An instrument or toy contrived to make a rattling sound.
- n. One who talks rapidly and without moderation or consideration; a noisy, impertinent talker; a jabberer.
- n. The crepitaculum of the true rattlesnake, consisting of a series of horny epidermic cells of an undulated pyramidal shape, articulated one within the other at the extremity of the tail. See rattlesnake.
- n. An annual herb, Rhinanthus Crista-galli, of meadows and pastures in Europe and northern Asia. It attaches itself by its fibrous roots to the roots of living grasses, etc., thus doing much damage.
- n. One of the Old World louseworts, Pedicularis palustris, the red rattle.
- n. The death-rattle.
- Nautical, to furnish with ratlines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
- v. make short successive sounds
- n. a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
- n. loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail
- v. shake and cause to make a rattling noise
Middle English ratelen, perhaps from Middle Dutch, probably of imitative origin.
Back-formation from rattling, ratline, variant of ratline.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia). Toy named after sound. (Wiktionary)