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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rat·tle /ˈrætḷ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 rat·tle /ˈrætḷ/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rat·tle v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rattled p. pr. & vb. n. Rattling ]
 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.
 2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles. [Colloq.]
 3. 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. [Colloq.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rat·tle v. t.
 1. To cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain.
 2. To assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling 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.
 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)

 Rat·tle, n.
 1. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the rattle of a drum.
 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 rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken.
    The rattles of Isis and the cymbals of Brasilea nearly enough resemble each other.   --Sir W. Raleigh.
    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.]
 6. Zool. Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.
 Note:The rattle of a 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 Râle.
 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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with
           a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders);
           "the death rattle" [syn: rattling, rale]
      2: a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
      3: loosely connected horny sections at the end of a
         rattlesnake's tail
      v 1: make short successive sounds
      2: shake and cause to make a rattling noise