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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rattle  \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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rattle  \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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rattle  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  rapid  series  of  short  loud  sounds  [syn:  {rattling}] 
  v  1:  make  short  successive  sounds 
  2:  shake  and  cause  to  make  a  rattling  noise 

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