What does rattle mean?

Definitions for rattle
ˈræt lrat·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rattle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rattle, rattling, ralenoun

    a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)

    "the death rattle"

  2. rattlenoun

    a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken

  3. rattleverb

    loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail

  4. rattleverb

    make short successive sounds

  5. rattleverb

    shake and cause to make a rattling noise

Wiktionary

  1. rattlenoun

    a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another

    I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.

    Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

  2. rattlenoun

    a baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container

    Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

  3. rattleverb

    To create a sound by shaking.

    Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.

    Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

  4. rattleverb

    To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.

    The accident really rattled him.

    Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

  5. rattleverb

    To cause something to make a rattling sound by hitting it.

    Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

  6. rattleverb

    To make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking.

    I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.

    Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rattleverb

    to make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises, as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies shaken together; to clatter

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  2. Rattleverb

    to drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  3. Rattleverb

    to make a clatter with the voice; to talk rapidly and idly; to clatter; -- with on or away; as, she rattled on for an hour

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  4. Rattleverb

    to cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  5. Rattleverb

    to assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  6. Rattleverb

    hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's judgment; to rattle a player in a game

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  7. Rattleverb

    to scold; to rail at

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  8. Rattlenoun

    a rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the rattle of a drum

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  9. Rattlenoun

    noisy, rapid talk

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  10. Rattlenoun

    an instrument with which a rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  11. Rattlenoun

    a noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  12. Rattlenoun

    a scolding; a sharp rebuke

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  13. Rattlenoun

    any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

  14. Rattlenoun

    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/le

    Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]

Freebase

  1. rattle

    A rattle is a type of percussion instrument which produces a sound when shaken. Rattles are described in the Hornbostel–Sachs system as Shaken Idiophones or Rattles. Rattles include: ⁕Maracas, widely used in Cha Cha Cha and jazz. ⁕The egg-shaped plastic chicken shake, filled with steel shot and available in varying tones depending on the size and quantity of shot. ⁕Folk instruments especially used in ceremonial dance. ⁕Toy rattles for infants.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rattle

    rat′l, v.i. to clatter: to move along rapidly, with a clattering noise: to speak eagerly and noisily.—v.t. to cause to make a clatter: to stun with noise: to speak rapidly: to scold loudly.—n. a sharp noise rapidly repeated, as the death-rattle: a clatter: loud empty talk: loud scolding: a toy or instrument for rattling: a brisk jabberer: an annual meadow herb: a lousewort.—adjs. Ratt′le-brained, -head′ed, -pat′ed, noisy: giddy: unsteady.—ns. Ratt′le-mouse, a bat; Ratt′lepate, a noisy chatterer; Ratt′ler, a loud, inconsiderate talker: (coll.) a stunning blow: (coll.) an impudent lie; Ratt′lesnake, a poisonous snake having a number of hard, bony rings loosely jointed at the end of the tail, which make a rattling noise; Ratt′lesnake-grass, an American grass; Ratt′lesnake-mas′ter, -root, an American plant reputed to cure the bite of a rattlesnake; Ratt′lesnake-weed, a hawk-weed of the United States; Ratt′le-trap, a rickety vehicle; Ratt′lewort, a plant of genus Crotalaria; Ratt′ling, a clattering: railing.—adj. making a rattle: smart, lively: (coll.) strikingly great. [A.S. hrætele, hratele, a plant—from the rattling of the seeds in the capsules; Ger. rasseln, Dut. ratelen, to rattle.]

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  1. latter, tarlet, Tatler

  2. Latter

  3. Tatler

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rattle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rattle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of rattle in a Sentence

  1. Florynce Kennedy:

    You've got to rattle your cage door. You've got to let them know that you're in there, and that you want out. Make noise. Cause trouble. You may not win right away, but you'll sure have a lot more fun.

  2. John Lennon:

    Would those of you in the cheaper seats clap your hands And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.

  3. Curtiss Reed:

    His message is remarkably consistent in that it is devoid of any conversation around race. He is colorblind to an extent that it seems that race is something that is uncomfortable for him to talk about. He is like a lot of Vermonters, it's easy to rattle off statistics, but that's not engaging people of color.

  4. Jack King:

    Everything clicked off beautifully. I counted it down fine ... and I saw this magnificent thing still sitting on the launch pad, bathing in fire. And finally it lifted off, and the sound hit us, when it hit us that particular time, the windows in the launch control center just started to rattle, and on top of that, it was a newly constructed building, and all this dust came down from the ceiling. I thought the whole damn place was going to come down on us.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. The world of people turns into a clown paradox, circus absurdity. A clown show of selfish hypocrisy. 2. Lightness and airiness in romance, everything is so blurred and soaring. The wet colors of reality fascinate with their philosophical romance. These are judgments about life, you gaze into reality at its essence. The lightest notes of reality poetry. They soar and live. It's so beautiful and easy when you see the world in special colors. Like the northern lights, the philosophical poetics of life in which the colors of life, emotions and feelings shimmer, they take us into an endless depth of thought. They show us a whole universe of thoughts. The abundance in which we cognize ourselves and open our bottomless soul and heart like a beacon shines with a kindred spirit. 3. Stupidity is a karmic jiff animation of a time loop. You repeat the same nonsense over and over again. Each has its own reality, its own animation in the animatronics of behavior. 4. I love you, I see it vigilantly, the highest value of the universe, you can fantasize about you forever, I love you and feel it mentally, I feel you phantom. All the compliments are not enough to describe this beauty, the highest aesthetics of luxury of eroticism, poetic eroticism, euphoria of love, you can be expected forever. 5. The rattle of the mind, the rattle of reality, the gene quantum leap of reincarnation in the psychic trap of the time loop, in the cell of the vicious body, the philosophical energy of life is stored. 6. You are sweeter than all temptations, you are hotter than sex, you are the jackpot of fate. We can talk endlessly about your beauty. I explode with passion over and over again when I see you to be with you forever is not enough. You are the highest pleasure and the meaning of life and eternity, and value. My sincerity poeticizes your beauty. Paradise is where you are. You are my enduring dream. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

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  • дрънкулкаBulgarian
  • rangle, rasleDanish
  • Klapper, RasselGerman
  • matraca, enervar, sonaja, inquietar, sonajeroSpanish
  • läpättäjä, ravistella, korina, säikäyttää, helistin, läpätys, jäkättäjä, kalista, kalistella, helistä, kalina, helistää, tyrmäys, räpätys, kolista, kolistella, kolina, räpättäjä, helinä, kalistin, jäkätysFinnish
  • hochetFrench
  • axóuxereGalician
  • csörgőHungarian
  • sonaglioItalian
  • tātara, tatetate, hue rarā, pātētē, rarā, whakararā, tatangi, kākaraMāori
  • rammelaarDutch
  • skrangle, rasle, rangleNorwegian
  • aghááłNavajo, Navaho
  • grzechotka, grzechotaniePolish
  • chocalhoPortuguese
  • потрещать, погремушка, трещать, дребезжание, треснуть, прогрохотать, греметь, дребезжать, грохот, трещотка, прогреметь, треск, стук, грохотатьRussian
  • klopot, čegrtaljka, ropac, klopotac, klepet, hropac, zvečkaSerbo-Croatian
  • skramla, göra nervös, skrämma, skaka om, rassel, rassla, skaka, skallraSwedish
  • kayambaSwahili
  • สั่นThai

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