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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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Mr Smith: "When he was rattly did you think there was something wrong with him?" Imray: "Aye." Imray says Wheatley, Julie Mills and Nicole Lawrence went out for a time that night, leaving him and Lee in the house.
Mr Smith: "When he was rattly did you think there was something wrong with him?" Imray: "Aye." Mr Smith: "What did you think was wrong with him?" Imray: "I just thought he was trying to catch his breath."
half-harvested didn't prevent a loud if rather rattly cheer when the news came through that this paper's friend in the North had won the Clive Graham Trophy as Journalist of the Year.
Girls who wore long black dresses with lots of rattly beads, stared at you with big sorrowful eyes, and looked like they started each day bright and early by slitting their wrists in the bathtub.
We have a honey locust tree with bushels of big rattly seed pods this year.
Add a few dry green beans, a small sunflower head de-seeded by the blue jays, a dried corn ear or some rattly gourds from the frost-killed garden.
A bit rattly at idle, the unit soon quietens down, and at cruising speed there's just a distant hum.
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We were driving home from a gig one night in a draughty, noisy, rattly old van through one of the less salubrious areas when two geezers reeled across the pavement clouting each other.
That's certainly the tone of the message blaring out from inside Ibrox and washing over the rank and file of the Rangers support, like one of those rattly loudspeakers in North Korea with which the glorious leader conditions his masses.
Occasionally, it might sound like a rattly old London taxi, but on the plus side I guess that means there's little chance of misfuelling.