death rattle

noun

Definition of death rattle

: a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

Examples of death rattle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a fourth blow, a plume of black smoke rose from the machine thirty feet into the air in a final death rattle. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator," 23 Oct. 2020

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1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Death rattle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20rattle. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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death rattle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death rattle

: a sound that is sometimes heard coming from a dying person's throat or chest

death rattle

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Medical Definition of death rattle

: a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

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