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1make or cause to make a rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds, typically as a result of shaking and striking repeatedly against a hard surface or object: [with object]:he rattled some change in his pocket [no object]:there was a sound of bottles rattling as he stacked the crates [no object, with adverbial of direction] (of a vehicle or its driver or passengers) move or travel somewhere while making a rattle:trains rattled past at frequent intervals [no object]
(rattle around in
) be in or occupy (an unnecessarily or undesirably spacious room or building).
2 [with object] informal cause (someone) to feel nervous, worried, or irritated:she turned quickly, rattled by his presence
1a rapid succession of short, sharp, hard sounds:the rattle of teacups on the tray a gurgling sound in the throat of a dying person. 2a thing used to make a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, in particular. a baby’s toy consisting of a container filled with small pellets that makes a noise when shaken. the set of horny rings at the end of a rattlesnake’s tail, shaken with a dry buzzing sound as a warning.