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Rattle appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Rattle your bottles in Rollocks' van.

Rattle appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Rattle my poor doggerel, O jackal: feel free, ban a beer, flee flak, cajole Reg, go droopy, melt tar.
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The word rattle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun rattle

What does rattle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rattles

  1. a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
    • example: the death rattle
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of rattle: rale / rattling
    • more generic word: noise = sound of any kind
    • more specific term: crepitation rale = the crackling sound heard on auscultation when patients with respiratory diseases inhale
  2. a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: plaything / toy = an artifact designed to be played with
  3. loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: tail = the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
    • part of: rattler / rattlesnake = pit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken

Alternative definition of the noun rattle


  1. [onomatopoeia] a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another
  2. a baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container

Definition of the verb rattle

What does rattle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rattled | rattling | rattles

  1. make short successive sounds
  2. shake and cause to make a rattling noise

Alternative definition of the verb rattle


  1. [transitive] [ergative] To create a sound by shaking.
  2. [transitive] To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.
  3. [transitive] To cause something to make a rattling sound by hitting it.
  4. [intransitive] To make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking.


Rattle is a hamlet in the English county of Derbyshire. It is part of the village of Ashover. This portion of the village was the centre of stocking frame working in Ashover and probably derives its name from the noise made by the machines.


Who is Rattle?

Rattle a.k.a. Steve Hazlett is a musician.


Rattle is a record label.


Rattle is a fictional character from anime tv series Zoids: Fuzors.


  1. "Rattle" is a song by Dutch dance duo Bingo Players. It was written and produced by Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Bäumer. It was released in the Netherlands as a digital download on 31 October 2011, and worldwide on 6 February 2012, alongside the Candyland remix. The song has charted in Austria, the Netherlands and France.
  2. "Rattle" is a musical EP of Daniel Avery.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  3. "Rattle" is a musical single of Bingo Players.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Rattle" is a musical single of Brimstone Howl.
    • released in (9 years ago)


"Rattle" is a book by Eloise Bruce.

  • also known as "Rattle: poems"


  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.
  2. RATTLE is an award-winning poetry magazine based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1994, the magazine is published by the Rattle Foundation. Established writers such as Philip Levine, Jane Hirshfield, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Gregory Orr, Patricia Smith, Anis Mojgani and others have appeared in Rattle, although the magazine also prides itself on its publication of new and emerging poets. Poems from the magazine have been reprinted in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.
    • also known as RATTLE magazine
  3. Rattle a.k.a. Rattle GUI is a free and open source software package providing a graphical user interface for data mining using the R statistical programming language. Rattle is used in a variety of situations. Currently 15 different government departments in Australia, and around the world use Rattle in their data mining activities and as a statistical package.
  4. Rattle: A rattle is a percussion beater that is attached to or enclosed by a percussion instrument so that motion of the instrument will cause the rattle to strike the instrument and create sound.
  5. Rattle is a tv spot.

Phrases with Rattle

Phrases starting with the word Rattle:

  1. rattle on
  2. rattle off
  3. rattle-top
  4. rattle down
  5. Rattle Trap
  6. rattle weed
  7. Rattle Through
  8. Rattle the Bones
  9. Rattle Someone's Cage

Phrases ending with the word Rattle:

  1. to rattle
  2. Death rattle
  3. Yellow Rattle
  4. Snap-and-Rattle
  5. Little Yellow Rattle
  6. Little Yellow-Rattle
  7. European Yellow Rattle
  8. Late-Flowering Yellow Rattle

Other phrase containing the word Rattle:

  1. to rattle off

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Rattle

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Google previewThe American Stationer (1912)

The Carnival Rattle is the newest and best noise maker out. It makes a...

The Frying Pan Rattle is the noisiest noise maker on the market.

Google previewSacred Drumming (2004)

by Steven Ash, Renata Ash

RATTLES A rattle is a powerful instrument that can be used with the drum or on its own. It is very effective in healing ceremonies where there is stuck energy; the rattle shifts and transforms, helping the process to move forward. When rattling, it ...

Google previewAlternatives to Involuntary Death (2009)

by Timothy Leary

The death rattle is a sound that is produced when air moves through mucus that has accumulated in the throat of a dying person after loss of the cough reflex and loss of the ability to swallow. This is a very common symptom, though it does not ...

Google previewRattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind (1972)

by Laurence Monroe Klauber

Historical The rattle is the peculiar attribute of the group of New World snakes that form the subject of this study. This remarkable appendage, whose purpose has been a source of speculation and controversy ever since these snakes were first ...

Google previewThe Motor Truck as an Aid to Business Profits (1918)

A rattle is an indication that a certain component part of the truck mechanism is loose and that vibratory strains are passing through the molecules of the steel. Fatigue is setting in, and after that crystallization, not only in the loose part, but the ...

Google previewThe Principles of Diagnosis (1834)

by Marshall Hall

The crepitant rattle is the invariable pathognoraonic sign of the period of ctmgestwn; its diffusion marks that of the disease ; the respiration is still THE ORGANS ...

Google previewMusic at the Limits (2012)

by Edward W. Said

Rattle is an intriguing conductor for ...

Google previewNavaho Indian Myths (2012)

by Aileen O’Bryan

The rattle is the ear of corn, but it is also considered the Black Water Jar containing the rain. The feathers are the growing corn or the corn tassels. Hasjelti said: Two willows must be brought from the Mancos Canyon. Only this place must they ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Urban Legends, 2nd Edition [2 volumes] (2012)

by Jan Harold Brunvand

and “The Rattle in the Cadillac” (in which an assemblyline ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Automotive Engineering (2015)

by David Crolla

Low rattle conditions Medium rattle conditions (DMF) High rattle conditions 76 Time (s) 72 Figure 16. Torsional oscillations resident on the transmission input shaft. (Reproduced from ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Britannica: Latest Edition: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature (1899)

Rattlesnakes are a small group of the family of Pit-vipers (Crotalidee), characterized by a tail which terminates in a chain of horny, loosely connected rings, the so-called " rattle." The " pit " by which the family is distinguished from the ordinary ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Percussion (2013)

by John H. Beck

Scrandola Italian cog rattle used at Easter .

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Quotes about Rattle

Would those of you in the cheaper seats clap your hands And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry. (John Lennon)
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Scrabble value of R1A1T1T1L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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