Definition of rattling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈratlɪŋ/


1Making a series of knocking sounds: a rattling old lift
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  • We have no complaints about the keyboard's resistance and hub, but when typing fast, there is a rattling sound.
  • During the burning, if the shoulder blade makes a rattling sound it means evil spirits are haunting the house.
  • Midway between the two rattling sounds, the captain was heard remarking that he was encountering the wake of a plane ahead of him.
2 informal, dated Very good of its kind (used for emphasis): a rattling good story
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  • But still, over there, they recognise a rattling good story when they read one.
  • It was a rattling good adventure story that kept me gripped to the surprising end.
  • This book is certainly a rattling detective story.

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