• WordNet 3.6
    • n rale a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders) "the death rattle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Râle räl (Med) An adventitious sound, usually of morbid origin, accompanying the normal respiratory sounds. See Rhonchus.☞ Various kinds are distinguished by pathologists; differing in intensity, as loud and small; in quality, as moist, dry, clicking, whistling, and sonorous; and in origin, as tracheal, pulmonary, and pleural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rale räl (path.) an abnormal sound heard on auscultation of the lungs.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. râle,. Cf. Rail the bird
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—râler, to rattle—Low Ger. ratelen, to rattle.


In literature:

So I have the garret made rale snod an' cosie.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
So arter a year I married my second wife, and a rale good wife she ha' bin to me.
"Two Suffolk Friends" by Francis Hindes Groome
They would as soon, perhaps sooner, have had what the Irish call the 'rale thing' back again.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
Na, the rale humorist kens vara weel 'at there's subjects withoot a spark o' humour in them.
"A Window in Thrums" by J. M. Barrie
He's the boy, and a rale gentleman.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Ye'll mind that: a four-ounce tin of the rale Glasgie.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
It's the soap as does it, and a rale love of cleanliness.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
It's the rale steel, straight from Manchester or Connaught, I misremimber which.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
Who knows but that Mack's cat was th' rale victhor at Sandago?
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
Such sounds are of a gurgling or bubbling nature and are known as mucous rales.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Is it ralely and truly her herself and you yourself?
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Rah Rah Rale, Buchtel, Buchtel, Buchtel!
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
If ye was only seein' some o' thim rale Oirish gulls, ye'd think no more o' these little wans!
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Rale's leisure hours were few.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
God help ye if ye've worked him rale harm!
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Foreigners referred to him as Ralle, Ralle, Raleghus, Raleich, Raleik, Raulaeus, Rale, Real, Reali, Ralego, and Rhalegh.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
It'll be a rale treat fer ye!
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
It's her poor, thin face an' her smile that kapes yer mind from the rale doctorin'.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
Mis' Croaker will be rale pleased; she thinks you're the best spinner in the valley.
"A Princess in Calico" by Edith Ferguson Black
She's rale poorly, now I tell you, an' this child's been looking after her as well as the babies.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

So fast their little hearts did bound,
The frightened insects buzzed the more;
So over all their chests he found
The rale sifflant and the rale sonore.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Thank you, Sir," the lady said, "I only look so pale,
Because I ain't accustom'd to travelling on the Rale;
I shall be better presnly, when I've ad some rest:"
And that pooty little Baby she squeeged it to her breast.
"The Lamentable Ballad Of The Foundling Of Shoreditch" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Left, and Mitchell P Rales are shown in 1990 photo.
Órale, warm up the Prius, ruca, and let's go cruising.
Executive producers, Steven M Rales, Mark Roybal, Steven Van Zandt, Kerry Orent.