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 for rattling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rattle \Rat"tle\ (r[a^]t"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rattled
     (-t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rattling (-tl[i^]ng).] [Akin to D.
     ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hr[ae]tele a rattle, in
     hr[ae]telwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave.
     Cf. Rail a bird.]
     1. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises,
        as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies
        shaken together; to clatter.
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              And the rude hail in rattling tempest forms.
                                                    --Addison.
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              'T was but the wind,
              Or the car rattling o'er the stony street. --Byron.
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     2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as,
        we rattled along for a couple of miles. [Colloq.]
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     3. To make a clatter with the voice; to talk rapidly and
        idly; to clatter; -- with on or away; as, she rattled on
        for an hour. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rattling
      adv 1: used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally
             for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very
             gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable
             evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good
             yarn" [syn: very, really, real, rattling]
      adj 1: extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as
             intensifiers; "a fantastic trip to the Orient"; "the film
             was fantastic!"; "a howling success"; "a marvelous
             collection of rare books"; "had a rattling conversation
             about politics"; "a tremendous achievement" [syn:
             fantastic, grand, howling(a), marvelous,
             marvellous, rattling(a), terrific, tremendous,
             wonderful, wondrous]
      2: quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively
         gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a
         snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze" [syn: alert, brisk,
         lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy]
      n 1: a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with
           a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the
           death rattle" [syn: rattle, rattling, rale]

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