rattling

A rattling is a quick, often unsteady, burst of sounds. The sound of a rattlesnake is a good example of a rattling.

You know how a baby rattle sounds? That kind of quick collection of sounds can be called a rattling. A rattling is disjointed and fast. Some machines — like a car engine — make a rattling sound when they're broken. The rattling of a rattlesnake’s tail is a sign you could be in serious danger from this poisonous snake. Sometimes a doctor will hear a rattling in the lungs that indicates a respiratory illness. A rattling can also be called a rattle.

Primary Meanings of rattling

1.
adjadv
quick and energetic
used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
2.
n
a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
Full Definitions of rattling
1

adj quick and energetic

“traveling at a rattling rate”
Synonyms:
alert, brisk, lively, merry, snappy, spanking, zippy
energetic
possessing or exerting or displaying energy

adj extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers

“had a rattling conversation about politics”
Synonyms:
fantastic, grand, howling, marvellous, marvelous, terrific, tremendous, wonderful, wondrous
extraordinary
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

adv used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

“a rattling good yarn”
Synonyms:
real, really, very
2

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

Synonyms:
rale, rattle
Types:
crepitation rale
the crackling sound heard on auscultation when patients with respiratory diseases inhale; associated with tuberculosis and pneumonia and congestive heart failure
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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