(noun, verb)


1. a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)

- the death rattle

Similar word(s): rale, rattling

Definition categories: event, noise

2. a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken

Definition categories: man–made, plaything, toy

3. loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail

Definition categories: animal, tail

Sentences with rattle as a noun:

- I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.

- The rattle of the rattlesnake is composed of the hardened terminal scales, loosened in succession, but not cast off, and modified in form so as to make a series of loose, hollow joints.


1. make short successive sounds

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

2. shake and cause to make a rattling noise

Definition categories: motion, agitate, shake

Sentences with rattle as a verb:

- to rattle a chain

- Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.

- We rattled along for a couple of miles.

- She rattled on for an hour.