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rattle

1. a series of loosely connected horny segments on the tail of a rattlesnake, vibrated to produce a rattling sound
2. Med another name for rale

rattle

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)

Rattle

Sir Simon. born 1955, British 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
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Buck said she could rattle off poetry like nothing.
It's so slippery and shiny down here, and the stage is so much too big for me, that I rattle round in it till I'm 'most black and blue.
A bird, in a cage very little bigger than himself, makes a mournful rattle now and then in hopping on his perch, two inches high, or dropping from it; but neither sings nor chirps.
Hears his number called, hears himself challenged, hears the rattle of the muskets, hears the orders 'Make ready
High into the air he leaps; his feet knock the heads of the warriors and rattle against the crowns of their shields.
But you spent it on a rattle for that badger's baby when he was teething.
I won't bear it," said Jane with a sob and a plunge upon the sofa that made the lustres of the chandeliers rattle.
Little did I suppose that he was a deadly enemy and that the noise was the famous rattle.
The nurse, to quiet her babe, made use of a rattle which was a kind of hollow vessel filled with great stones, and fastened by a cable to the child's waist: but all in vain; so that she was forced to apply the last remedy by giving it suck.
There was a rattle of cups and saucers and the hissing of a fluted Georgian urn.
The long grass rustled at her feet as the White Rabbit hurried by--the frightened Mouse splashed his way through the neighbouring pool--she could hear the rattle of the teacups as the March Hare and his friends shared their never-ending meal, and the shrill voice of the Queen ordering off her unfortunate guests to execution--once more the pig-baby was sneezing on the Duchess's knee, while plates and dishes crashed around it--once more the shriek of the Gryphon, the squeaking of the Lizard's slate-pencil, and the choking of the suppressed guinea-pigs, filled the air, mixed up with the distant sobs of the miserable Mock Turtle.
He belonged to a screw-gun battery, for I could hear the rattle of the straps and rings and chains and things on his saddle pad.