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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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She hid them under a tree root; they rattled down, down, down.
A stone or two, which it had dislodged in its descent, rattled behind it into the profundities of the glen; and then silence, like night, resumed its sway; and they might bend their hearing to its utmost pitch, but naught was to be heard except the rain, now marching to the wind, now steadily falling over miles of open country.
The words were no sooner out of my mouth, than he rattled away as if he, my box, the cart, and the donkey, were all equally mad; and I was quite out of breath with running and calling after him, when I caught him at the place appointed.
The young man still replied: 'Come to the pollis!' and was dragging me against the donkey in a violent manner, as if there were any affinity between that animal and a magistrate, when he changed his mind, jumped into the cart, sat upon my box, and, exclaiming that he would drive to the pollis straight, rattled away harder than ever.
Quick as thought, I sprang into the mizzen shrouds, rattled up hand over hand, and did not draw a breath till I was seated on the cross-trees.
Dreary, chill November was howling out of doors, and vexing the atmosphere with sudden showers of wintry rain, or sometimes with gusts of snow, that rattled like small pebbles against the windows.
After settling in behind the massive rootwad, I rattled hard for the better part of a minute, clashing the synthetic antlers together and cracking branches.
Readers contacted us on Thursday to report a loud noise which shook the floor and rattled their ornaments, believing it to be an earthquake.
I've rattled up as many as 10 deer in a day, with the most positive responses coming in the last week of October through the second week of November.
Now they'll see whether Mariota can maintain that against regular-season competition, and avoid getting rattled in a raucous Autzen Stadium, with a national audience watching on ESPN.
TV favourite Alan Titchmarsh has blasted the BBC's coverage of the Jubilee boat pageant, saying it left him "angry and rattled".