rattle(redirected from rattling about)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to rattling about: rattling off
1. A rapid succession of short percussive sounds.
2. A device, such as a baby's toy, that produces short percussive sounds.
3. A rattling sound in the throat caused by obstructed breathing, especially near the time of death.
4. The series of horny structures at the end of a rattlesnake's tail.
Etymology: ME, ratelen
an abnormal sound heard by auscultation of the lungs in some forms of pulmonary disease. It consists of a coarse vibration more intense than a crackle, very much like a rhonchus, caused by the movement of moisture and the separation of the walls of small air passages during respiration.
A device used in the Navajo and other Native American tribes to maintain rhythm during healing rituals.
See Death rattle.
An infant toy which, when shaken produces a rattling noise.
rattle(răt′l) [ME. ratelen, to rattle]
A coarse crackle heard during auscultation of the chest. This finding suggests excessive airway secretions are present.
A colloquial term for gurgling noises caused by movements of secretions in the upper airways with inspiration and expiration in dying patients.