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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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I was assigned to do a story in 1985 for Science about the population crisis in Kenya, and I had heard about this kind of iconoclastic economist, so I called him up and said: "You know, the average woman in Kenya is having eight children, the population is doubling every ten years," and started rattling off all these disasters.
The Raiders held the Jets to just four more points in the game while rattling off 16 of their own.
Wisecracking Dubner obviously relishes telling us about how wrong the experts were about the rising crime rate and rattling off lists of "low-end" and "high-end" names until they blur into meaningless syllables.
Visit any Catholic Church on any Sunday morning, and you're likely to find, at the appropriate time, a handful or more Massgoers rattling off the Creed without much thought or excitement.
Here we are walking down the street and these guys are rattling off the name of every tree on the block.
Richard Hughes was the day's star, rattling off a 66-1 treble on Seven No Trumps, Reel Buddy and Glenmorangie.