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rattle

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[ rat-l ]
/ ˈræt l /
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verb (used without object), rat·tled, rat·tling.

verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling.

noun

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Origin of rattle

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1250–1300; Middle English ratelen (v.), ratele (noun) (cognate with Dutch ratelen,German rasseln); imitative

Definition for rattle (2 of 2)

rattle2
[ rat-l ]
/ ˈræt l /

verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling.Nautical.

to furnish with ratlines (usually followed by down).

Origin of rattle

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1720–30; back formation from ratlingratline (taken as verbal noun)
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British Dictionary definitions for rattle (1 of 3)

rattle1
/ (ˈrætəl) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for rattle

C14: from Middle Dutch ratelen; related to Middle High German razzen, of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for rattle (2 of 3)

rattle2
/ (ˈrætəl) /

verb

(tr often foll by down) to fit (a vessel or its rigging) with ratlines

Word Origin for rattle

C18: back formation from rattling, variant of ratline

British Dictionary definitions for rattle (3 of 3)

Rattle
/ (ˈrætəl) /

noun

Sir Simon . born 1955, English conductor. Principal conductor (1980–91) and music director (1991–98) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002
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