Definition of Rattling

1. Noun. A rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders). "The death rattle"

Exact synonyms: Rale, Rattle
Specialized synonyms: Crepitation Rale
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Rattle, Rattle, Rattle



2. Adjective. Extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers. "A tremendous achievement"

3. Adverb. Used as intensifiers; 'real' is sometimes used informally for 'really'; 'rattling' is informal. "A rattling good yarn"
Exact synonyms: Real, Really, Very

4. Adjective. Quick and energetic. "A spanking breeze"
Exact synonyms: Alert, Brisk, Lively, Merry, Snappy, Spanking, Zippy
Similar to: Energetic
Derivative terms: Briskness, Liveliness, Zip

Definition of Rattling

1. Adjective. lively, quick (speech, pace) ¹

2. Noun. rattle (gloss a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another) ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of rattle) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rattling

1. ratline [n -S] - See also: ratline

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rattling

rattlesnake plantain
rattlesnake root
rattlesnake weed
rattlesnakes
rattletrap
rattletraps
rattleweed
rattleweeds
rattlewings
rattlewort
rattlier
rattliest
rattlin
rattline
rattlines
rattling (current term)
rattling(a)
rattlingly
rattlings
rattlins
rattly
ratton
rattons
rattoon
rattooned
rattooning
rattoons
rattrap
rattraps
ratty

Literary usage of Rattling

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"rattling their empty chariots sought forlorn Their noble lords ; but they on earth lay dead, Sweeter to vultures' than to women's eyes ! Clear of the moil, ..."

2. Suomalais-englantilainen sanakirja by Severi Alanne (1919)
"[esim. piano- rattling old piano, rattletrap of a piano]. ... in a rattling (1. a blaring) manner; piercingly, ..."

3. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1893)
""We have heard, that during the war with the Cimbri, the rattling of arms and the sound of trumpets were heard through the sky, and that the same thing has ..."

4. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies by James Boswell (1799)
"... a tap while the hollow side sounds,- " Up and down leaps the flap, and with rattling rebounds."* I mentioned the periodical paper called " THE ..."

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