An acorn dropped from an overhanging tree and rattled down the tin roof
2 shake, vibrate, jar, joggle, jiggle:
The wind was strong enough to rattle the windows in their frames.
3 unnerve, disconcert, discomfit, disturb, perturb, shake, discountenance, upset, agitate, put off, Chiefly US and Canadian faze:
They are only trying to rattle us by saying that we might lose our jobs if we strike
4 jounce, bounce, bump, jolt, speed, hurtle:
The stagecoach came rattling down the road, swaying wildly.
5 rattle off. recite, list, utter, reel off, run through, enumerate, call off:
The announcer rattled off a long list of trains cancelled because of the storm
6 rattle on. chatter, babble, jabber, gibber, prate, prattle, blabber, cackle, blather, ramble, Chiefly Brit witter, natter, Slang US run off at the mouth:
The speaker kept rattling on and on about the delights of collecting beer cans.
7 clatter, racket, noise; rale or râle, crackle, crackling; death-rattle:
I heard the rattle of the beans and knew you were about to grind the coffee. The doctor said he didn't like the rattle in my chest
8 clapper, sistrum, US noise-maker:
Rattles have been used as musical instruments for thousands of years.