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[rat-l] /ˈræt l/

verb (used with object), rattled, rattling. Nautical.
to furnish with ratlines (usually followed by down).
to make or cause to make a rapid succession of short sharp sounds, as of loose pellets colliding when shaken in a container
to shake or cause to shake with such a sound: the explosion rattled the windows
to send, move, drive, etc, with such a sound: the car rattled along the country road
(intransitive) foll by on. to chatter idly; talk, esp at length: he rattled on about his work
(transitive; foll by off, out etc) to recite perfunctorily or rapidly
(transitive) (informal) to disconcert; make frightened or anxious
a rapid succession of short sharp sounds
an object, esp a baby’s toy, filled with small pellets that rattle when shaken
a series of loosely connected horny segments on the tail of a rattlesnake, vibrated to produce a rattling sound
any of various European scrophulariaceous plants having a capsule in which the seeds rattle, such as Pedicularis palustris (red rattle) and Rhinanthus minor (yellow rattle)
idle chatter
an idle chatterer
(med) another name for rale
(transitive) often foll by down. to fit (a vessel or its rigging) with ratlines
Sir Simon. born 1955, English conductor. Principal conductor (1980–91) and music director (1991–98) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002

c.1300 (intransitive), “To make a quick sharp noise with frequent repetitions and collisions of bodies not very sonorous: when bodies are sonorous, it is called jingling” [Johnson]. Perhaps in Old English but not recorded; if not, from Middle Dutch ratelen, probably of imitative origin (cf. German rasseln “to rattle,” Greek kradao “I rattle”). Sense of “utter smartly and rapidly” is late 14c. Meaning “to go along loosely and noisily” is from 1550s. Transitive sense is late 14c.; figurative sense of “fluster” is first recorded 1869. Related: Rattled; rattling.

c.1500, “rapid succession of short, sharp sounds,” from rattle (v.). As a child’s toy, recorded from 1510s. As a sound made in the throat (especially of one near death) from 1752.



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