1. [ noun ] a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
Synonyms: rattle rale

"the death rattle"

Related terms: noise crepitation_rale rattle
2. [ adverb ] intensifiers
Synonyms: very real really

"she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" (`real' is sometimes used informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about it" `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good yarn")

3. [ adjective ] extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers
Synonyms: wonderful tremendous fantastic marvelous terrific wondrous marvellous howling

"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"

Related terms: extraordinary
4. [ adjective ] quick and energetic
Synonyms: brisk snappy merry spanking zippy lively

"a brisk walk in the park" "a lively gait" "a merry chase" "traveling at a rattling rate" "a snappy pace" "a spanking breeze"

Related terms: energetic
Similar spelling:   ratlin