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rattlenoun

uk   /ˈræt.əl/  us   /ˈræt̬.əl/
[S] a ​soundsimilar to a ​series of ​quicklyrepeatedknocks: From ​across the ​town came the rattle ofmachine-gunfire.
[C] a ​toy that makes a ​noise like a ​series of ​knocks: The ​baby was ​waving around a ​plastic rattle.
[C] a ​woodendevice that when ​turned round and round ​produces a ​noise like a ​series of ​knocks
[C] the ​part of a rattlesnake's ​tail that ​produces a ​noise

rattleverb

uk   /ˈræt.əl/  us   /ˈræt̬.əl/
(Definition of rattle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rattleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈræt̬·əl/
to make a ​noise consisting of ​quicklyrepeatedknocks: [I] The ​windows rattled when the ​windblew. [T] Manny ​slammed the ​door, rattling the ​cups on the ​shelf.
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rattlenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈræt̬·əl/
a ​noise consisting of ​quicklyrepeatedknocks: [U] We could ​hear the rattle of ​stones as they ​fell down the well.
A rattle is also a baby’s ​toy that rattles when it is ​shaken.
(Definition of rattle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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