• WordNet 3.6
    • n rattler pit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken
    • n rattler a railroad train consisting of freight cars
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rattler răt"tlẽr One who, or that which, rattles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rattler One who rattles, or talks away without reflection or consideration; a giddy, noisy person.
    • n rattler Anything which causes a person to become rattled, as a smart or stunning blow.
    • n rattler A rattlesnake.
    • n rattler A big or bold lie.
    • n rattler Among cutlers, a special form of razor with a very thin blade, the faces of which are ground to an angle of fifteen degrees.
    • n rattler A tumbling-box used to test the cohesive strength of bricks. A number of bricks are placed with a quantity of cast-iron balls in the box and the box is revolved at a fixed speed. The amount of wear shown by the bricks is a test of their power to resist abrasion: essentially a ball-mill. See ball-grinder and tumbling-box.
    • n rattler Something that is very good of its kind, as a horse.
    • n rattler A hard, brittle coal, like jet, which generally lies on top of seams.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rattler a loud, inconsiderate talker: :
    • Rattler (coll.) a stunning blow
    • Rattler (coll.) an impudent lie
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hrætele, hratele, a plant—from the rattling of the seeds in the capsules; Ger. rasseln, Dut. ratelen, to rattle.


In literature:

But rattler more trouble.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
It would be tough on Rattler, but then, what's a range cayuse made for, anyway?
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Hit's jet as if a mounting rattler mout 'a' dove down the rock right thar.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
I grabbed up a handful o' dirt an' threw it at the rattler.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
I'd as soon have a sick rattler around.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
He's started in drinking, and when he's drunk he's poisonous as a rattler.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
I saw a rattler once when we lived in Dixon.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
I first learned to handle a 'gun' shooting at rattlers.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The story is told of a tumulus up toward Moundsville, that abounded in snakes, particularly rattlers.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Ten brick constitute a charge and these are placed in the rattler along with 300 lbs.
"American Rural Highways" by T. R. Agg

In poetry:

My night sweats grease his breakfast plate.
The same placard of blue fog is wheeled into position
With the same trees and headstones.
Is that all he can come up with,
The rattler of keys?
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Rattlers Smother Smithville 47-18, Improve to 8-1 (4-0).
Rattler Travis Garcia extends for the rebound during Tuesday night's 70-44 win over the East Mountain Timberwolves.
Manuel Quinteros, a Little Snake River Valley sophomore, carries the ball upfield during the Rattlers practice Wednesday in Baggs, Wyo.
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FAMU Rattler vs North Carolina Central University Eagles.
Rattler receiver Lenworth Lennon dives for the end zone but came up inches short as Eagle defender Jabari Evans makes the stop in the second quarter.
The Premier Development League season arrives at the end of April, and missing will be the Lancaster Rattlers, who have moved to a rival league after four seasons in the United Soccer Leagues' amateur/semipro division.
The Rattlers host Seguin for a 7 pm game tonight at The Snake Pit.
The Bulldogs eliminated the Rattlers for the second year in a row, this time 56-46.
Rattlers Must Defeat #1 Chapel Hill on Friday to Get Past Quarterfinals.
Tyler Stubblefield and Felix Cabrera belted solo home runs and the TinCaps turned back the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 7-4 Monday night in the rubber game of their three game series.
Rattlers make splash at Corpus Christi .
Sharyland's Dynamic Duo Leading Rattlers On Hoops Crusade .
As the Rattlers pulled out a 24-22 win over the Hornets on Saturday night at Alumni Stadium.

In science:

This definition eliminates systems with “rattlers” (freely roaming caged particles) in the infinite-volume limit.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
We recognize that jammed structures created via computer algorithms or actual experiments will contain a very small concentration of such rattler particles, the precise concentration of which is protocol-dependent.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
Usually ≈ 5% of particles are “rattlers” that do not overlap with any neighbors.
Random Packings of Frictionless Particles
Geometrically, an individual small sphere may float freely in the interstitial space between the large spheres (a “rattler”), even though the overall packing fraction may be significantly higher than the packing fraction of a monodisperse packing (see Figure 1).
Topological and Geometrical Random Walks on Bidisperse Random Sphere Packings
Of course the relevance of such neutral moves to realistic models of e.g. of granular is debatable, however loosely constrained particles termed ’rattlers’ have been found to cause subtle dynamical effects in simulations of granular particles .
Testing the Edwards hypothesis in spin systems under tapping dynamics