—v.i. 1. to give out or cause a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, as in consequence of agitation and repeated concussions: The windows rattled in their frames. 2. to move or go, esp. rapidly, with such sounds: The car rattled along the highway. 3. to talk rapidly; chatter: He rattled on for an hour about his ailments.
—v.t. 1. to cause to rattle: He rattled the doorknob violently. 2. to drive, send, bring, etc., esp. rapidly, with rattling sounds: The wind rattled the metal can across the roadway. 3. to utter or perform in a rapid or lively manner: to rattle off a list of complaints. 4. to disconcert or confuse (a person): A sudden noise rattled the speaker. 5. Hunting.to stir up (a cover).
—n. 1. a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, as from the collision of hard bodies.
2. an instrument contrived to make a rattling sound, esp. a baby's toy filled with small pellets that rattle when shaken.
3. the series of horny, interlocking elements at the end of the tail of a rattlesnake, with which it produces a rattling sound.
4. a rattling sound in the throat, as the death rattle.
Pronunciation: (rat'l),[key] —v.t.,-tled, -tling.Naut. to furnish with ratlines (usually fol. by down).