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English definition of “rattle”

rattle

noun     /ˈræt.l̩/ US  /ˈræt̬-/
[S] a sound similar to a series of quickly repeated knocks: From across the town came the rattle of machine-gun fire.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact [C] a toy which makes a noise like a series of knocks: The baby was waving around a plastic rattle.Toys and dolls [C] a wooden device that when turned round and round produces a noise like a series of knocksToys and dolls [C] the part of a rattlesnake's tail that produces a noiseReptile and amphibian names
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