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rattle

(răt′l)
n.
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.

rattle

Ethnomedicine
A device used in the Navajo and other Native American tribes to maintain rhythm during healing rituals.

Forensics
See Death rattle.
 
Paediatrics
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.

death rattle

A colloquial term for gurgling noises caused by movements of secretions in the upper airways with inspiration and expiration in dying patients.
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If you extrapolate those results, it suggests there's a better than 50-percent chance that you've successfully rattled in a buck, but never knew it.
Most of the bucks I've rattled have come in hard and fast, but some have sneaked in as quietly as a heavily hunted gobbler.
The author's brother-in-law, Mark Perkins, rattled in this mid-160s 10-pointer from across a CRP field.
Since that initial attempt with Mike, I've rattled in lots of deer, and, above all, I've found calling to be a lot of fun.
Many hunters believe rattling works only during the prerut and rut, but I rattled in a nice 10-pointer the second week of September.
I rattled once and could hear immediate movement coming toward my stand.
One year in Montana I rattled in over two-dozen whitetails during the pre-rut.
From that point on, Scott began visualizing bucks sparring and fighting as he rattled. And he began to sound like dueling bucks.