1. [ verb ] make short successive sounds
Related terms: go crepitate ruckle yack rattle_down rattle_down
2. [ noun ] a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
Synonyms: rattling rale

"the death rattle"

Related terms: noise crepitation_rale
3. [ verb ] shake and cause to make a rattling noise
Related terms: shake
4. [ noun ] a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
Related terms: plaything
5. [ noun ] (zoology) loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail
Related terms: tail rattlesnake
Similar spelling:   Ratley