rattle[ rat-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF rattle
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He awaited, in an agony of suspense, the rattle of the musketry.
All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.
Now the rattle of a key in the hall-door was startlingly audible.
They also held the oxen's yokes, so that nobody or anything could rattle, or make any noise.
Down it went, at all events, with a rattle that might easily have broken the glass.
There was a clatter and rattle of speeding hoofs, which rapidly died out.
Then the watching man heard the rattle of a key in the lock.
A rattle of firearms far off on the other side of the river left it unspoken.
The rattle of certain snakes is supposed to act as a love-call.
Strings of shells which a visitor could rattle answered for door-bells.
c.1300 (intransitive), "To make a quick sharp noise with frequent repetitions and collisions of bodies not very sonorous: when bodies are sonorous, it is called jingling" [Johnson]. Perhaps in Old English but not recorded; if not, from Middle Dutch ratelen, probably of imitative origin (cf. German rasseln "to rattle," Greek kradao "I rattle"). Sense of "utter smartly and rapidly" is late 14c. Meaning "to go along loosely and noisily" is from 1550s. Transitive sense is late 14c.; figurative sense of "fluster" is first recorded 1869. Related: Rattled; rattling.