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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rattle \Rat"tle\ (r[a^]t"t'l), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Rattled} (-t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rattling} (-tl[i^]ng).] [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hr[ae]tele a rattle, in hr[ae]telwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai'nein to swing, wave. Cf. {Rail} a bird.]

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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rattling

adverb

1: used as intensifiers; 'real' is sometimes used informally for 'really'; 'rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn" [syn: {very}, {really}, {real}, {rattling}]

adjective

1: extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers; "a fantastic trip to the Orient"; "the film was fantastic!"; "a howling success"; "a marvelous collection of rare books"; "had a rattling conversation about politics"; "a tremendous achievement" [syn: {fantastic}, {grand}, {howling(a)}, {marvelous}, {marvellous}, {rattling(a)}, {terrific}, {tremendous}, {wonderful}, {wondrous}]

2: quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze" [syn: {alert}, {brisk}, {lively}, {merry}, {rattling}, {snappy}, {spanking}, {zippy}]

noun

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: {rattle}, {rattling}, {rale}]


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