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. 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. 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.

  2. Shawn Engbrecht:

    You have to accept the fact that you are living perpetually in limbo and you adapt and the key to that is to not let anything really rattle you. You can be packed to go to the oil fields in Northern Alberta, Canada and you get on the Gulf Stream and they say ‘surprise we are going to Singapore…’ and you just accept and the key to that is to not worry about the little stuff and stay focused on the mission.

  3. 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.

  4. Danny DeVito:

    There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull How do you hang on to someone who won't stay And how do you get rid of someone who won't go

  5. 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.

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  • дрънкулкаBulgarian
  • rasle, rangleDanish
  • Rassel, KlapperGerman
  • sonaja, matraca, inquietar, sonajero, enervarSpanish
  • helistin, kolina, räpättäjä, jäkätys, kolistella, helistä, kalistella, kalista, jäkättäjä, korina, läpättäjä, ravistella, säikäyttää, läpätys, kalina, tyrmäys, räpätys, helinä, kalistin, kolista, helistääFinnish
  • hochetFrench
  • axóuxereGalician
  • csörgőHungarian
  • sonaglioItalian
  • pātētē, kākara, tātara, rarā, hue rarā, whakararā, tatetate, tatangiMāori
  • rammelaarDutch
  • rasle, rangle, skrangleNorwegian
  • aghááłNavajo, Navaho
  • grzechotanie, grzechotkaPolish
  • chocalhoPortuguese
  • греметь, погремушка, трещать, прогрохотать, потрещать, стук, грохотать, треск, прогреметь, трещотка, грохот, дребезжать, треснуть, дребезжаниеRussian
  • klepet, klopot, klopotac, zvečka, hropac, čegrtaljka, ropacSerbo-Croatian
  • skaka om, rassla, skaka, skallra, skramla, rassel, skrämma, göra nervösSwedish
  • kayambaSwahili
  • สั่นThai

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