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rattling


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  --Addison. 
 
  'T  was  but  the  wind,  Or  the  car  rattling  o'er  the 
  stony  street.  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  rattling 
  adj  1:  extraordinarily  good;  used  especially  as  intensifiers;  "a 
  fantastic  trip  to  the  Orient";  "the  film  was 
  fantastic!";  "a  howling  success";  "a  marvelous 
  collection  of  rare  books";  "had  a  rattling 
  conversation  about  politics";  "a  tremendous 
  achievement"  [syn:  {fantastic},  {howling(a)},  {marvelous}, 
  {rattling(a)},  {terrific},  {tremendous},  {wonderful}, 
  {wondrous}] 
  2:  quick  and  energetic;  "a  brisk  walk  in  the  park";  "a  lively 
  gait";  "a  merry  chase";  "traveling  at  a  rattling  rate";  "a 
  snappy  pace";  "a  spanking  breeze"  [syn:  {brisk},  {lively}, 
  {merry},  {snappy},  {spanking},  {zippy}] 
  n  :  a  rapid  series  of  short  loud  sounds  [syn:  {rattle}] 
  adv  :  intensifiers;  "she  was  very  gifted";  "he  played  very  well"; 
  "a  really  enjoyable  evening";  (`real'  is  sometimes  used 
  informally  for  `really'  as  in  "I'm  real  sorry  about 
  it";  `rattling'  is  informal  as  in  "a  rattling  good 
  yarn")  [syn:  {very},  {really},  {real}] 




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