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Definition: To spring a rattle
(spr[i^]ng), v. t.
1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to
cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to
spring a pheasant.
2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to
spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke.
She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light.
The friends to the cause sprang a new project.
3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as,
to spring a mast or a yard.
5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap
operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
6. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force
or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and
allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in,
out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar.
7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a
To spring a butt
(Naut.), to loosen the end of a plank in a
To spring a leak
(Naut.), to begin to leak.
To spring an arch
(Arch.), to build an arch; -- a common
term among masons; as, to spring an arch over a lintel.
To spring a rattle
, to cause a rattle to sound. See
, under Watchman
To spring the luff
(Naut.), to ease the helm, and sail
nearer to the wind than before; -- said of a vessel.
To spring a mast
or To spring a spar
(Naut.), to strain
it so that it is unserviceable.
1. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the
rattle of a drum. --Prior.
2. Noisy, rapid talk.
All this ado about the golden age is but an empty
rattle and frivolous conceit. --Hakewill.
3. An instrument with which a rattling sound is made;
especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken.
The rattles of Isis and the cymbals of Brasilea
nearly enough resemble each other. --Sir W.
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. --Pope.
4. A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
It may seem strange that a man who wrote with so
much perspicuity, vivacity, and grace, should have
been, whenever he took a part in conversation, an
empty, noisy, blundering rattle. --Macaulay.
5. A scolding; a sharp rebuke. [Obs.] --Heylin.
6. (Zo["o]l.) Any organ of an animal having a structure
adapted to produce a rattling sound.
Note: The rattle of a rattlesnake is composed of the hardened
terminal scales, loosened in succession, but not cast
off, and so modified in form as to make a series of
loose, hollow joints.
7. The noise in the throat produced by the air in passing
through mucus which the lungs are unable to expel; --
chiefly observable at the approach of death, when it is
called the death rattle. See R[^a]le
To spring a rattle
, to cause it to sound.
(Bot.), a yellow-flowered herb (Rhinanthus Crista-galli
), the ripe seeds of which rattle in the