[ noun ] a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
"the death rattle"
Used in print(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)
Their onrush and retreat , he reported , was accompanied by a great hissing , roaring and rattling .(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)
Over the rattling of fenders , humming of tires and chattering of gears there was a charming melody of whispers and tiny giggles .
[ adjective ] extraordinarily good; 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"